Psalm 103 Memory Challenge: God Rules Over All

We are in the home stretch of the Psalm 103 Summer Memory Challenge! Can you believe next week is our last pair of verses to hide in our heart before we have Psalm 103 totally memorized?

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It's been such a blessing memorizing this rich Psalm with you. This week we'll be meditating on and memorizing Psalm 103:19-20 which declares:

19 The LORD has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all.

20 Bless the LORD, you His angels, who excel in strength, who do His word, heeding the voice of His word.
If you like making lists, like me, you'll love the built-in lists within these verses. Here's what I noticed as I began working on memorizing these verses:

 Verse 19 contains two truths about God.
The LORD has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all. (Psalm 103:19)
Note these truths about God found in Psalm 103:19:
  1. The LORD has established His throne in heaven
  2. His kingdom rules over all
Verse 20, contains five truths about angels

Bless the LORD, you His angels, who excel in strength, who do His word, heeding the voice of His word. (Psalm 103:20)

 Note these truths about angels found in Psalm 103:20:
  1. They Bless the LORD
  2. They belong to God 
  3. They excel in strength,
  4. They do His word,
  5. They heed the voice of His word.
Now that we have our outline, let's look at these verses a little deeper, for a fuller understanding of these truths we are memorizing this week. 

God Rules Over All (Psalm 103:19)

Referring to God's supreme power and dominion, Matthew Henry declared, " He that made all rules all."

Don't you love that? God made everything and is over everything. What a joy and a privilege to know our God--the One who made the heavens and the earth, who established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all. (Psalm 103:19)

Speaking of God's throne, Spurgeon notes about God,
"His throne is fixed, for that is the word; it is established, settled, immovable. His is the only universal monarchy, he is the blessed and only Potentate, King of kings and Lord of lords. A clear view of his ever active, and everywhere supreme providence, is one of the most delightful of spiritual gifts; he who has it cannot do otherwise than bless the Lord with all his soul. Thus has the sweet singer hymned the varied attributes of the Lord as seen in nature, grace, and providence, and now he gathers up all his energies for one final outburst of adoration, in which he would have all unite, since all are subjects of the Great King."
Oh, how thankful I am that God's throne is fixed. He is immoveable. I never need to worry that God has changed, is less able to help me, or keep His promises. They are settled and established. I can put my full hope in God and His Word because His throne is established and He rules over all. Nothing and no one will ever change that, or anything else about God. He is our Rock!

The Angels Allegiance to God (Psalm 103:20)

Consider this marvelous description of the angels in heaven by Matthew Henry:
"There is a world of holy angels who dwell in God’s house and are still praising Him. In short, the blessed angels are glorious attendants upon the blessed God. Observe, how well qualified they are for the post they are in. They are able; for they excel in strength; they are mighty in strength (so the word is); they are able to bring great things to pass, and to abide in their work without weariness. And they are as willing as they are able; they are willing to know their work; for they hearken to the voice of His Word; they stand expecting commission and instructions from their great Lord, and always behold His face (Mt. 18:10), that they may take the first intimation of His mind. They are willing to do their work: They do his commandments (v. 20).
It's been such a joy this week meditating on the characteristics of the angels in heaven--These ministering spirits that God gives charge over us to keep us in all our ways. (Psalm 91:11-12) I look forward to meeting them in heaven one day and perhaps learning all the ways the Lord used them to minister to me throughout my lifetime.

The Lord bless you as you set your mind and heart this week on memorizing Psalm 103:19-20, and meditating on the two truths about the Lord and the five truths about angels revealed in these verses.

Just for this week...
Verses to Memorize
Daily Memorization Plan

August 13-19
Psalm 103:19-20
1. Review last week’s verses first (Psalm 103:17-18) by reciting them 10 times (look at your Bible if you need to.)
2. Review old verses altogether (Psalm 103:1-18) by reciting it once through.
3. Read Psalm 103:19 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 
4. Read Psalm 103:20 out loud 10 times, then recite the verse 10 times. 

Question for you:  What characteristics revealed about the Lord or His angels, revealed in Psalm 103:19-20, especially ministers to you?

Psalm 103 Memory Challenge Quick Links 
For tips and helps in memorizing your verses this week, check out the previous posts for the Psalm 103 Memory Challenge:
Introduction to Memorizing Psalm 103
Week 1: Psalm 103:1-2    Remembering God’s Faithfulness.
Week 2 (Part 1): Psalm 103:3   There's No god Like Our God!
Week 2 (Part 2) Psalm 103:4   Oh, How He Loves Us!
Week 3 (Part 1) Psalm 103:5   Strength For The Weary
Week 3 (Part 2) Psalm 103:6   God Will Give You Justice!
Week 4 (Part 1) Psalm 103:7   God Makes Himself Known!
Week 4 (Part 2) Psalm 103:8   Mercy in Abundance!
Week 5: Psalm 103:9-10 Better Than I Deserve!
Week 6: Psalm 103:11-12   How High and Wide is God's Mercy For Us!
Week 7: Psalm 103:13-14  God's Loving Compassion For Us!
Week 8: Psalm 103:15-16 Soon and Very Soon, We are Going to See the King!
Week 9: Psalm 103:17-18 God's Mercy is from Everlasting to Everlasting!
Week 10: Psalm 103:19-20 God Rules Over All!
Week 11: Psalm 103:21-22 Bless the Lord! 
Week 12: My Plan for Keeping Psalm 103 Hidden In My Heart!
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  1. we are neighbors at Jennifer’s...great scripture and break down...yes...always to remember...God rules over all~

    1. Thanks, Ro! Glad this blessed you. God bless you richly!

  2. I love that Psalm! So glad you're memorizing it - it's on my list, but I haven't quite gotten there yet. Thank you for sharing this, taking an in-depth look at those two verses. So beautiful!

    1. Thanks, Mary! I love this Psalm, too! It is so rich! God has already used the verses, in this Psalm, I've memorized so far to comfort and instruct me in various ways. You will be super blessed when you begin memorizing this. If you know some ladies who'd like to memorize this Psalm with you, feel free to use the posts in this series to give you all a deeper look at the verses while you're memorizing them. God bless you abundantly!

  3. Thanks for pulling out that description of angels. I totally missed that! Its odd how sometimes we read things and completely miss the main point!

    Thanks for linking up with WIP Wednesday!

    1. You're welcome, Mary Beth! Wasn't that neat? Matthew Henry's commentaries are great. I can totally relate to what you said about reading things and missing the main point. I've gone through the Psalms various times over the year, and only this summer did Psalm 103 really strike me as a really amazing Psalm. I had to wonder how I had missed that before. God bless you lots!

  4. Wish I had been in on this from the beginning. Thank you so much for making a weekly breakdown so I can go and do this challenge from the beginning!

    New follower from the Friendship Friday blog hop!

    1. LuAnn, I wish you had been in on this from the beginning too! So glad this blessed you, and you will be able to go back and do the challenge from the beginning. Perhaps some of your friends would like to memorize Psalm 103 with you. Though I have memorized Bible passages on my own, there's something special about memorizing with friends. Whether you memorize on your own, or with a friend, the important thing is that you are hiding God's Word in your heart. God bless you richly!


Thank you for taking the time to share. May God bless you richly!