Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me; bless His holy name! Psalm 103 NKJV
This psalm begins and ends with the same words, bless the Lord, O my soul!
David wrote this hymn to praise God for His mercy. I love reading the things David wrote. They are a great balance of emotion and truth, trust and action, the sovereignty of God and personal responsibility.
David expresses his love for God in beautiful music and poetry. He shares the truth of God without fear. David’s faith in God made him a man of action. God’s sovereignty did not hinder David in accepting responsibility for his sin failures and mistakes.
David chose to bless the Lord with every fiber of his being, will you? When his emotions contradicted his faith David forced them into submission by taking his thoughts captive to the obedience of God’s will, do you?
For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust. Vs 14
God knows that we are swayed by feelings and emotions. He knows we need truth to keep us balanced. The Lord knows we will sin and fail. That is not an excuse. It is a reason to get back up and follow Jesus when we miss the mark!
The Lord has established His throne in heaven, And His kingdom rules over all. Vs 19
Jesus forgives sin. He heals us. He keeps us from destruction. He blesses us with lovingkindness and tender mercies. He executes righteousness and justice for the oppressed. God taught Moses his ways. He performed miracles for the children of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious, Sow to anger, and abounding in mercy. He will not discipline us forever. He will not be angry forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins. He has not punished us according to our iniquities, why? God loves us!
For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him: As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. Vs 11-12
Jesus made a lot of promises to people who love and fear Him. He can keep everyone of them. Familiarize yourself with them. Do not forget them. Hold on to them when you need them. They are life to people who believe them and trust Jesus to keep them!
You can turn the page on the sins failures and mistakes you made in 2018. You can bless the Lord with every fiber of your being in 2019, how?
Remember the Lord. Keep your eyes on Jesus. God never loses sight of you. You are always on His mind!
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