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 iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:1-5 NKJV
David exhorts us to bless God for His mercy. David begins and ends this psalm with the same words; Bless the Lord, O my soul! Why did David do that?
David slaughtered innocent men women and children with little regard or remorse. He abused his power and authority to commit adultery with another man’s wife. He killed her husband when the sin was exposed.
Why didn’t God tear the kingdom away from David as He had done to Saul? David is also the only person ever described as having a heart after God’s own heart!
These words are David’s thoughts. They are the desire of his heart. They were recorded for us but more importantly they represent David making a choice to worship the Lord. David chooses to focus his heart and mind on the goodness and mercy of God!
David was a nobody from nowhere. God made him king of Israel. His life was filled with strife and violence. David found peace and refuge in God. One of his sons tried to kill him. Another died. Solomon gave in to his sinful desires. God told David he would not fail to have a son sit upon the throne of Israel forever!
David begins and ends this psalm with the words; Bless the Lord, O my soul, because he knew deep down in the secret places of his heart that he could bless God!
David knew that he could worship God despite his sins failures and mistakes. He knew that Almighty God desired his praise worship and thanksgiving. David also knew he had the freedom of choice. What did David do? He chose to bless the Lord!
David knew God loved him. That is not theology. David did not know anything about theology. David knew the love of God. God’s love changed David’s life!
The words of this psalm remind me that I can bless Jesus today! They also remind me that I must make a conscious willful choice to worship Jesus. I must set my heart on the God of my salvation. How will I do that?
David tells us not to forget God’s benefits. I remind you not to forget God’s benefits.
Jesus forgives all your iniquities. Jesus heals your diseases. He redeems your life from destruction. He crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies. Jesus satisfies your mouth with good things so that your strength is renewed!
The greatest of God’s benefits is His great love for you revealed in Jesus Christ. That is not theology. I am not a theologian. It is a reality. Bless the Lord today!
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