Friday, January 10, 2014


According to researchers, the average person uses about 7,000 (men) or 20,000 (women) words per day. Whether you're closer to 7,000 or 20,000, that's a lot of words. Here in our social media age, we use words differently too. Sure we talk, but we also text, tweet, and email. In many cases, we have grown careless with our words, losing their meaning.

Read the following 

"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..."
     (Psalm 103:1-3a)

Stop for a minute, on that word "iniquity." This a word that has lost it's meaning. Let's refresh ourselves...

1. Gross immorality or injustice; wickedness.
2. A grossly immoral act; a sin.

Those are strong words - grossly immoral, unjust, wicked, an immoral act, a sin. These are very strong words, and they are exactly what we are guilty of. They are also exactly what God, through Jesus, forgives us of. It's only when we come to grips with how depraved we are, how no amount of good works and deeds can out-weigh our wickedness, that we can have a proper response to God's love. 

You and I are guilty of grossly immoral acts and wickedness...and God has offered up His Son, Jesus Christ, as the payment for our sin. This brings me to another one of our words that has been used and abused; the word "awesome."

1. inspiring an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, or fear, causing or inducing awe.
2. showing or characterized by reverence, admiration, or fear; exhibiting or marked by awe.

That God has forgiven all our iniquity, is awesome. As you read God's Word, go a little slower, and look at the words used...think about them, and respond. Psalm 103 ends the way it begins, with a call to worship...a fitting end to this post.

"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 hosts,
     his ministers, who do his will!
Bless the Lord, all his works,
     in all places of his dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul!"
(Psalm 103:20-22)

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