Psalm 103 is a hymn of praise purposed to remind God's people of God's benefits, rescue plan, and steadfast 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"
(Psalm 103:1-5 ESV).
In my personal Bible study recently, I read this Psalm and I was reminded of the benefits of my salvation in Christ alone. Psalm 103 is a hymn of praise purposed to remind God's people of God's benefits, rescue plan, and steadfast love. The context of this psalm was written that the readership would have understood both the individual and communal aspects of God's forgiveness and loving care. Since the Psalm was written, we, as 21st century followers of Christ, get to experience even more of how the biblical story has unfolded. Even today, there are both individual and communal benefits to salvation. This applies in our K-12 Christian school setting. In other words, we are stronger by doing life together. We need each other. The partnership of a Christian school with the home is vital for academic discipleship to flourish. This partnership means that we need to listen to one another and understand viewpoints to advance the school.
I pray that our lives would be characterized by the psalmist first statement in 103:1, Bless, the Lord, o my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Whether in middle school drama, spring sports, graduation, or learning to read, let us shout with our lives that Christ is our King!
Springtime is a seasonal reminder of our regeneration in Christ. From the resplendent colors of azaleas to the cherry blossom trees, each is a pattern in God's creative artistry to remind us of who He is. I love seeing the students on our campuses interact with teachers and coaches. The value and significance of all that is happening on our campuses is of eternal significance.
I hope you will take time to walk our campuses and be reminded of why ECS exists: to partner with you in providing a Christ-centered, biblically-directed education that challenges students to know the Lord Jesus Christ.