Who is God? Part 3 “Father”

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S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

How were your earliest views of God impacted by your relationship with your father?

Scripture:

Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!

The Lord gives righteousness and justice to all who are treated unfairly. He revealed his character to Moses and his deeds to the people of Israel. The Lord is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever. He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve.

For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him. For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust. Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die. The wind blows, and we are gone— as though we had never been here.

But the love of the Lord remains forever with those who fear him. His salvation extends to the children’s children of those who are faithful to his covenant, of those who obey his commandments! The Lord has made the heavens his throne; from there he rules over everything.

Praise the Lord, you angels, you mighty ones who carry out his plans, listening for each of his commands. Yes, praise the Lord, you armies of angels who serve him and do his will! Praise the Lord, everything he has created, everything in all his kingdom. Let all that I am praise the Lord. Psalms 103:1-22 NLT

Sermon Insights:

Our children’s view of God will be based on our character.

Did your parents create a helpful path or a rocky road to understanding God through their example?

Is there any description of God in Psalm 103 that surprises you?

What is your favorite character trait about God that YOU imitate in your life?

How does the “fear of the Lord” keep you humble about yourself and thankful about God?

Lord, thank you that your unfailing love toward those who fear you is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. You have removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. Thank you for being a tender and compassionate father to us. Teach us to fear, love, and respect you!