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HE LOVED WHEN HE COULD HAVE JUSTLY CONDEMNED

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  Psalm 36:1-12   God’s love means that God eternally gives Himself to others.   God’s love shows that its part of His nature to give Himself in order to bring about blessing or good to others.   Psalm 103:2-5 expresses this love. “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, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's." God gives Himself by reminding us that He doesn’t forget our sufferings. “You have  kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle . Are they not in your book?” Psalm 56:8   The Psalms remind us that God gave Himself,  because they are full of Christ.  The Psalms are…  prophetic about Christ’s coming ;  but they also tug on our heartstrings to His saving work . We see this

THE CHRISTIAN'S ANSWER

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  Psalm 115:1-18   The Psalms are the Christian’s answer to whom and why we worship Him.  Athanasius, the early church father said this “The Psalms were to be used to lead the church in its worship of God.”  Augustine who was the leading theologian and voice for the early church fathers, said “His conversion to Christ brought repeated references to the Psalms.”  In His book “Confessions”, he starts his book with. “Great are You, O Lord, and greatly to be praised; great is Your power, and Your wisdom infinite.”  These statements are directly drawn from Psalm 145:3 and Psalm 147:5.  The Psalms awakened Augustine to the depth of his own emotions in the worship songs of the Psalms. The Psalms are the Christians answer to….   Our enslavement to sin and separation from God. Our liberation from the bondage of sin and death. Our hope of forgiveness and everlasting peace with a holy God. These results in thanksgiving and praise to the LORD alone for His excellent greatness.