“Christians whose worldview — whose way of looking at the world— is decisively shaped by the Bible’s story line cannot forget that we human beings have been made in the image of God; that our first obligation is to recognize our creatureliness, and thus our joyful obligation to our Creator; that sin is nothing other than de-godding God; that our dignity as God’s image bearers is horribly marred by our rebellion; that the entire race, and all of human history, is rushing toward final accountability before this God who is no less our Judge than our Maker; that there is a new heaven and a new earth to gain and a hell to fear; that our sole hope of reconciliation with this God is by the means he himself has provided in his Son; that the people of God are made up of human beings from every language and tribe and nation, and, empowered by God’s Spirit, are growing in personal and corporate obedience and love, rejoicing to come under the reign of God in anticipation of the consummation of that reign. Meanwhile, we are enjoined to do good to all, especially — but certainly not exclusively! — those of the household of faith. In other words, Christianity does not claim to convey merely religious truth, but truth about all reality.”
D. A. Carson in Christ and Culture Revisited
“We no longer feel ourselves to be guests in someone else’s home and therefore obliged to make our behavior conform with a set of preexisting cosmic rules. It is our creation now. We make the rules. We establish the parameters of reality. We create the world, and because we do, we no longer feel beholden to outside forces. We no longer have to justify our behavior, for we are now the architects of the universe. We are responsible to nothing outside ourselves, for we are the kingdom, the power, and the glory for ever and ever.” – Jeremy Rifkin, Algen: A New Word — A New World – quoted by D. A. Carson in Christ and Culture Revisited
Downloadable Outline below
To express my gratitude to God more frequently I am attempting to pray these benedictions from Psalm 103 a couple of times a day.
“In Jesus’ day, every devout Israelite would pray what was called The Eighteen Benedictions. There’s that root word again, bene: good. Plus diction: words, speech. A benediction was good words. In Hebrew, a benediction was any prayer that began with the word bless. In the morning when they woke up, they would pray eighteen times, “Blessed are you, God.” At night before they went to bed, they would pray eighteen times, “Blessed are you, God.” In the middle of the day, they would pause and pray the eighteen, “Blessed are you, Lord, who abundantly forgives.” The Hebrew benedictions connected the gift with the Giver. It reminded the citizens of Israel that all that was good came from God.” – John Ortberg in “Soul Keeping”
From – Psalm 103:1-2 – Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits…
I Bless You On God
1. Because You are a God who seeks a relationship with me
2. Because You are a God who forgives all my sins
3. Because You are a God who fixes me
4. Because You are the God who bought me out of the slave market of sin
5. Because You are a God who bestows on me steadfast love and mercy
6. Because You are a God satisfies me with beneficial blessings
7. Because You are a God who can renew my spirit
8. Because You are a God who works justice and righteousness for the oppressed
9. Because You are a God who has made known Your ways to us
10. Because You are a God who is merciful, gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love.
11. Because You are a God who doesn’t hold on to anger toward us
12. Because You are a God who doesn’t deal with us according to our sins
13 Because You are a God who shows us the compassion of a perfect Father
14 Because You are a God who remembers we are but dust
15. Because You are a God whose steadfast love is from everlasting to everlasting
16. Because You are a God who imparts Your righteousness to Your Covenant people
17. Because You are a God who establishes Your throne in heaven and Your Kingdom rule over all.
18. Because You are a God who is worthy of praise from the whole of the creation.
From Psalm 103:1–22 (ESV)
1 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, 3 who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, 5 who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 6 The Lord works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. 7 He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel. 8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. 9 He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. 10 He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. 11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; 12 as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. 13 As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. 14 For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust. 15 As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; 16 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. 17 But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, 18 to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments. 19 The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all. 20 Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word! 21 Bless the Lord, all his hosts, his ministers, who do his will! 22 Bless the Lord, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the Lord, O my soul!