Meditating on Psalm 103.
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. (Ps. 103: 1-2)
I love Psalm 103 and I have been singing it for years. Do you know that song, too? It’s simple! Some gifted believer put a lively melody to the words of Psalm 103, and now, you can sing it to bless the Lord! I sing it to honor God, to express my deep gratitude, and to lift up my praise for all the wonders He has done in my life and continues to do.
In moments of doubt and when my difficult circumstances make me forget what the Lord God Almighty can do, I sing Psalm 103. The Israelites of old had experienced the mighty deeds of the Lord: they knew His great mercy and amazing grace to forgive sins, His willingness to heal all diseases, and His mighty power to deliver from all kinds of danger. They believed, trusted, and experienced His lovingkindness and enduring mercies and they sang about them.
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
4 Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (vv. 3-5)
God doesn’t change. “Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb. 13:8). What He did then, He still does today. If we can only believe. Only believe.
But sadly, there are people who do not have enough faith in Him and yet, blame Him for their adversities. Some openly complain and grouse bitterly. Some murmur silently, deep in their hearts. Either way, the Lord knows and hears.
But Psalm 103 teaches us to bless the Lord, to bless His holy name. Bless Him and never forget all His benefits. Yes, even amid painful trials. Even when we suffer and are confused. In my sick bed, I had wrestled both with my illness and how it was punishing me and the thought that it was the Lord who was doing it all to me. But the words of this beautiful psalm taught me that it wasn’t so, and I eagerly embraced this truth.
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
9 He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor punished us according to our iniquities. (vv. 8-10)
See, I knew the punishment of my sin which was adultery. It was death. But He has not dealt with me according to my sin for He mercifully saved me and snatched me away from the gates of hell. I now have hope of eternal life.
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
12 As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us. (vv. 11-12)
So I will bless the Lord with all that is within me.
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