Crown of Life Lutheran Church & School




1292 Tally Ho Trail
Hubertus, WI  53033
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It is our mission to minister to our members by:

v  Encouraging members to recognize fellow believers and experience the joy of being part of God’s family

v  Creating a variety of fellowship opportunities to enrich our families in the body of Christ

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.  (Ephesians 2:19,20)

Forget Not All His Benefits

Psalm 103

"Forget not All His Benefits"

“What are the benefits?”-- a typical question of our times. Employees need to know how to plan their lifestyles around the benefits at work. Farmers need to know the difference between seed varieties and other products. I wonder if prospect families who are looking for a new church weigh the benefits of various congregations.


Would we dare ask God what his benefits are? David reminds us to consider his benefits and to respond to them with thankfulness and praise. The study of this Psalm will recount some of those benefits and apply them to our lives of service to him.

Psalm 103: 1-5

What does David urge us to do? How?

List five benefits that David reveals in these verses:

1.                                                                     2.

3.                                                                     4.

5.

Which of the above is the most valuable?

Read Romans 8: 32. How does this verse shed light on David’s opening words to this Psalm?

Discuss

What times in your lives can you specifically recall these benefits from God?

Your friend/ family member has been diagnosed with a rare and debilitating disease. How can the message of forgiveness give her/ him a fresh healthy perspective in the face of physical trial?

Psalm 103: 6-10

Imagine asking to see God and God granting that request. This is just what happened when Moses asked to see God’s glory on Mt. Sinai. God warned Moses that to see his full glory would be impossible. He gave Moses a glimpse and then continued to reveal himself to Moses through words.

Notice that David mentions God’s justice in verse 6. Why is that valuable to the rest of what is being taught in this Psalm?

Read Exodus 34: 5-7. Compare this event to verse 7-8. Why would David quote these verses?

If God is fair and just, why doesn’t he treat us as our sins deserve?

Consider Jonah 4: 1-8. How did Jonah falsely apply these verses? How did God set him straight?

Psalm 103: 11-13

How “high are the heavens from the earth” and how far is the east from the west?

What is the point?

Notice the small word “for.” Verses 11-13 are the answer to the question Why can we say that God is slow to anger and compassionate? How does God not treat us as our sins deserve?

Discuss

Agree/ Disagree. God’s forgives our sins, but he does not remove the consequences of our sinful actions.

Consider the following situations. What words from this Psalm might be of help to them? What counsel would this Psalm have for them?

Sally told a lie about another person. Now she sees how petty it was and how much damage it has done. She thinks God will never forgive her.

Jack worries about his future. He thinks he will never be able to provide for his family.

A church member visits with pastor after worship. She has become troubled by sins committed years ago.

A friend of yours is troubled because he is having a difficult time forgiving a repentant person.

Psalm 103: 19-21

The King has returned. David reminds us that there is no question regarding who controls all things. The Lord has an everlasting throne in the heavenly realms. It is over all and it is firmly established.

What characteristics of God does verse 19 bring to memory?

What concepts of Jesus’ work and ministry come to mind?

What work of the Holy Spirit is emphasized?

David is left to one conclusion for all: “Praise the LORD.”

What do we learn about the praise of angels in these verses?

What do we learn about how to praise our LORD?

Further Scripture Study

  • Isaiah 43: 1-3
  • Romans 5: 1-3
  • Romans 6:14
  • Galatians 3: 13
  • 2 Corinthians 5: 14-21

What Does Luther Say?

You say that the sins which we commit every day offend God, and therefore we are not saints. To this I reply: Mother love is stronger than the filth and scabbiness on a child, and so the love of God toward us is stronger than the dirt that clings to us. Accordingly, although we are sinners, we do not lose our filial relationship on account of our filthiness, nor do we fall from grace on account of our sin. (Table Talk, Page 70).

Luther had a phrase that goes “same time sinner; same time justified.” Explain what that means.

Discuss Luther’s comparison of mother and child to God’s love for us.

What verses from Psalm 103 especially fit Luther’s description here?

On Christ’s Ascension I Now Build The Hope of My Ascension

Since Christ returned to claim his throne

Great gifts for me obtaining,

My heart shall rest in him alone,

No other rest remaining,

For where my treasure went before,

There all my thoughts shall ever soar

To still there deepest yearning. (CW 173: 2)

Psalm 103

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“What are the benefits?”… a typical question of our times. Employees need to know how to plan their lifestyles around the benefits at work. Farmers need to know the difference between seed varieties and other products. I wonder if prospect families who are looking for a new church weigh the benefits of various congregations.

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Would we dare ask God what his benefits are? David reminds us to consider his benefits and to respond to them with thankfulness and praise. The study of this Psalm will recount some of those benefits and apply them to our lives of service to him.

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Psalm 103: 1-5

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What does David urge us to do? How?

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List five benefits that David reveals in these verses:

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Which of the above is the most valuable?

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Read Romans 8: 32. How does this verse shed light on David’s opening words to this Psalm?

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Discuss

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What times in your lives can you specifically recall these benefits from God?

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Your friend/ family member has been diagnosed with a rare and debilitating disease. How can the message of forgiveness give her/ him a fresh healthy perspective in the face of physical trial?

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Psalm 103: 6-10

Imagine asking to see God and God granting that request. This is just what happened when Moses asked to see God’s glory on Mt. Sinai. God warned Moses that to see his full glory would be impossible. He gave Moses a glimpse and then continued to reveal himself to Moses through words.

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Notice that David mentions God’s justice in verse 6. Why is that valuable to the rest of what is being taught in this Psalm?

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Read Exodus 34: 5-7. Compare this event to verse 7-8. Why would David quote these verses?

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If God is fair and just, why doesn’t he treat us as our sins deserve?

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Consider Jonah 4: 1-8. How did Jonah falsely apply these verses? How did God set him straight?

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Psalm 103: 11-13

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How “high are the heavens from the earth” and how far is “the east from the west”?

What is the point?

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Notice the small word “for.” Verses 11-13 are the answer to the question “Why can we say that God is slow to anger and compassionate?” How does God not treat us as our sins deserve?

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Discuss

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Agree/ Disagree. God’s forgives our sins, but he does not remove the consequences of our sinful actions.

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Consider the following situations. What words from this Psalm might be of help to them? What counsel would this Psalm have for them?

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Sally told a lie about another person. Now she sees how petty it was and how much damage it has done. She thinks God will never forgive her.

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Jack worries about his future. He thinks he will never be able to provide for his family.

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A church member visits with pastor after worship. She has become troubled by sins committed years ago.

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A friend of yours is troubled because he is having a difficult time forgiving a repentant person.

Psalm 103: 19-21

The King has returned. David reminds us that there is no question regarding who controls all things. The Lord has an everlasting throne in the heavenly realms. It is over all and it is firmly established.

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What characteristics of God does verse 19 bring to memory?

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What concepts of Jesus’ work and ministry come to mind?

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What work of the Holy Spirit is emphasized?

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David is left to one conclusion for all: “Praise the LORD.”

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What do we learn about the praise of angels in these verses?

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What do we learn about how to praise our LORD?

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Further Scripture Study

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  • Isaiah 43: 1-3

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  • Romans 5: 1-3

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  • Romans 6:14

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  • Galatians 3: 13

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  • 2 Corinthians 5: 14-21

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What Does Luther Say?

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You say that the sins which we commit every day offend God, and therefore we are not saints. To this I reply: Mother love is stronger than the filth and scabbiness on a child, and so the love of God toward us is stronger than the dirt that clings to us. Accordingly, although we are sinners, we do not lose our filial relationship on account of our filthiness, nor do we fall from grace on account of our sin. (Table Talk, Page 70).

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Luther had a phrase that goes “same time sinner; same time justified.” Explain what that means.

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Discuss Luther’s comparison of mother and child to God’s love for us.

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What verses from Psalm 103 especially fit Luther’s description here?

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On Christ’s Ascension I Now Build The Hope of My Ascension

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Since Christ returned to claim his throne

Great gifts for me obtaining,

My heart shall rest in him alone,

No other rest remaining,

For where my treasure went before,

There all my thoughts shall ever soar

To still there deepest yearning. (CW 173: 2)

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