Cultivate Daily Devotional: Day 42, Praise the Lord, My Soul

Sunday, August 6 | Praise the Lord, My Soul

 

Read today’s psalm as your prayer.

 

Psalm 103

 

Praise the Lord, my soul;

all my inmost being, praise his holy name.

 

Praise the Lord, my soul,

and forget not all his benefits—

who forgives all your sins

and heals all your diseases,

who redeems your life from the pit

and crowns you with love and compassion,

who satisfies your desires with good things

so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

 

The Lord works righteousness

and justice for all the oppressed.

 

He made known his ways to Moses,

his deeds to the people of Israel:

 

The Lord is compassionate and gracious,

slow to anger, abounding in love.

 

He will not always accuse,

nor will he harbor his anger forever;

he does not treat us as our sins deserve

or repay us according to our iniquities.

 

For as high as the heavens are above the earth,

so great is his love for those who fear him;

as far as the east is from the west,

so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

 

As a father has compassion on his children,

so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;

for he knows how we are formed,

he remembers that we are dust.

 

The life of mortals is like grass,

they flourish like a flower of the field;

the wind blows over it and it is gone,

and its place remembers it no more.

 

But from everlasting to everlasting

the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,

and his righteousness with their children’s children—

with those who keep his covenant

and remember to obey his precepts.

 

The Lord has established his throne in heaven,

and his kingdom rules over all.

 

Praise the Lord, you his angels,

you mighty ones who do his bidding,

who obey his word.

 

Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts,

you his servants who do his will.

 

Praise the Lord, all his works

everywhere in his dominion.

Praise the Lord, my soul.

 

A Way to Cultivate Kindness This Week

Listening well is a way of filling all of our interactions with gentleness, but listening is more than paying attention to someone. When we listen as a spiritual discipline, we are attentive to the other person and the Holy Spirit. Growing in this discipline will form us into the kind of people who respond to the leadings of the Spirit and share the tender strength of gentleness in every relationship.

  • In the morning, pause to consider your day. Is there a specific person (a family member, coworker, or friend) or a particular space (a meeting, social media, or some gathering) where you will need to be most intentional about practicing the spiritual discipline of listening?
  • Ask God to direct your thoughts, and listen for His response.
  • With the people or in the space God identified, slow down and listen carefully to the Holy Spirit and to those with whom you interact.
  • Be bold as you respond to God’s leadings.

 


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