Sermon Overview & Prayer: "Rehearsing His Mercies"

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Psalm 103 – PRAYER POINTS

"Rehearsing His Mercies" - Brian Chesemore
These written prayers are intended to fuel your meditation on this passage and your enjoyment of God in prayer

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, The Lord works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel. Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word! Bless the Lord, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the Lord, O my soul!

Psalm 103:1, 2, 6, 7, 20, 22


For the Christian, there is a rehearsal that is meant to take place daily. This rehearsal fortifies a Christian’s soul, it revitalizes the Christian’s sense of joy and peace, and for the Christian community this rehearsal informs all that we do. It protects us from spiritual lethargy or indifference. It relieves us of anxiety and self-preoccupation. It enables us to delight. Psalm 103 commands and models the believer’s daily rehearsal.  

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I admit that in my wandering thoughts I can become remorseful over what was, resentful over what is, and fearful over what might be. I ask that the Holy Spirit remind me again and again of who you are, and what you have done, and what you’ve promised to do. Remind me from your Word and from my experience of your grace, of what should be gratefully rehearsed.

The Psalmist, in seeking to stir his soul to praise, recognizes a danger. He carries within himself the potential to forget countless expressions of mercy shown by God.  

“Forgetfulness buries in our hearts the innumerable benefits of God.” – John Calvin

PRAYER: Lord, please stir me with creative and practical ways to remember and rehearse your goodness, mercy, and grace. Help me to keep those reminders consistently before me, where I can see them, hear them, and repeat them...that I might not forget them!

After engaging in personal rehearsal for the good of his own soul, the psalmist then begins to consider the congregation surrounding him. David longs for those around him to live in the good of this great salvation… And we are to imitate the psalmist’s concern: my church community needs the regular rehearsal of God’s saving mercies

PRAYER:  O Lord, as you have joined us as brothers and sisters, may we seize any and every opportunity to remind one another of your great salvation. May we encourage one another and celebrate together the glories of the gospel. May we comfort and care for one another with the truth that you identify with our suffering. May we exhort one another daily to steward the privileges and opportunities of being called by your name...the privileges of fellowship, holiness, faithfulness, perseverance, and evangelism.

 All of our songs, all of our sermons, all of our conversations are designed to help us rehearse the glories of the One the heavenly choir praises…the One they obey. And we know a salvation that they long to understand. One day, their place will be our meeting place. In the meantime, let us enjoy our rehearsals.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, Lord Jesus, Holy Spirit, we ask that you frequently draw us back to this blessed Psalm. Fill our hearts with wondrous joy in the present, and wondrous anticipation for the future as we rehearse again and again the infinite glories of all your benefits, secured for us through the gospel of Jesus Christ!

 

OVERVIEW OF THE SERMON:
Psalm 103 illustrates three groups of worshippers that rehearse God’s goodness. David first preaches to his own heart the reality of God’s forgiveness, healing, redemption, and steadfast love. He then points out the goodness and mercy of God in the lives of his people. Finally, he calls upon the angels and heavenly realms to bless the Lord. In doing so, David models for us the faithful rehearsal of God’s mercies that produces lives of joy and gratefulness in worship.

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Read verses 2-19. What are some ways you are tempted to forget his benefits? How does the Lord remind you of his goodness?
  2. We grow when we realize that we need to talk, more than we listen, to ourselves. How has preaching the gospel to yourself affected you?
  3. Brian reminded us that we can’t produce joy in ourselves, but we can rehearse the truths that the Holy Spirit uses to create joy in us. How does preaching to ourselves allow the Holy Spirit to work in us?
  4. We are called to rehearse his goodness to not only ourselves but others. How have you have seen the goodness and mercy of God in your community group or in the church?