Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on October 3, 2013.
Discussion: Discuss with others or meditate on this quote by Ed Cole, "The torment of the temptation of sin is nothing compared to the torment of the consequences of sin."
Reading: Psalm 103 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: God gives us mercy galore. Think about that. Read it again: God gives us mercy galore! Doesn’t that really boggle your mind. How do you react to that statement?
David wrote many songs praising God. You can read them in the Book of Psalms, including the chapter that our verse comes from today. Psalm 103 reminds us that God is exalted above the heavens and God's glory is on the earth. God shows compassion for those that fear God and knows how we are made. We have eternal life through our belief in Jesus Christ, the son. As for those who do not believe, their days are like grass. They wither away and will be no more. God's kingdom, however, is forever. We will live on.
Verse 10 is another reminder of the great blessing we receive from God that God’s mercy is huge! God does not deal with us according to our sins. God does not repay us according to our iniquities. God just loves us and shows us grace and mercy!
So, what do we do with this good news? How do we react to the statement, “God gives us mercy galore.” Hopefully, it will cause you to find ways today and every day to praise God and share with others that God’s mercy is great. There are many ways that you might do that, including using your God-given talents to praise God. You may not be a song writer like David, but you can praise our Lord in your own way each day. And we should, for we have been truly blessed. After all, God gives us mercy galore! --Chad Hershberger
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