30 Days of Thanks & Praise! Day #28 – Praising the Lord with All My Soul (Psalm 103)
Praising the Lord with All My Soul (Psalm 103:1-9)
Psalm 103:1-9, “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 forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's. The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel. The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.”
This psalm is one of the summits of the psalms. It is a psalm of thanksgiving for the many merciful blessings of God upon mankind. It is a psalm of encouragement to the saints and exaltation for the Sovereign. Psalm 103 says it all. The benefits of the Lord are, indeed, great and marvelous, and it would be an act of ingratitude not to remember and appreciate them. Be genuine in praising God. If the "soul" is involved, it shows sincerity of the spirit in praising God. It is more than just lip praise. Put everything you have into praising God. As Christians, we have so much for which to be thankful. Yet, as we read the Bible, we see many reminders to God’s people to appreciate and give thanks for what they have received. Why do we need so many reminders? I believe, in large part, it is because we tend to be self-focused. When we get good things, we can easily fall into the trap of believing it happened because we were worthy and deserving, and there is no reason to be thankful for getting what you deserve. We tend to forget God's blessings rather quickly. We need to remember them or we will not praise God for them. Forgetting them often leads to complaining that God does not bless us or do anything good for us.
Here are a few things found in these verses that we need to be constantly reminded of:
1. Praise the Lord for His Wonderful Redemption! (Psalm 103:3; I John 1:7) The most important thing in this life is to know that you know that you are saved! The knowledge that your sins have all been washed away in the crimson flow of Calvary. To know the wonder of a cleansed heart. To know the forgiveness of all of your sins. To know that heaven is your home. To know the wonder of a changed life. To know Christ!
2. Praise the Lord for Health and Strength! (Psalm 103:3; Revelation 21:4) God has been gracious to me. I rarely get sick or feel bad. One day I will get sick and not get over it in this world, but thank God, He will heal me completely in the next. The greatest and ultimate disease is that of aging and death, but one day “there shall be no more death”.
3. Praise the Lord for Saving Me from Self-destruction! (Psalm 103:4; I Peter 1:18-19) I have heard many say that they would be dead and in hell if it had not been for salvation. I do not know where I would be right now if God had not saved me but I do know this, I would not be where I am now. He changed my life, placed new desires in me, gave me a wife who has loved and lived for the Lord. Thank you, Lord, for saving my life as well as saving my soul.
4. Praise the Lord for Your Lovingkindness and Mercy! (Psalm 103:4; Ephesians 2:4) I believe that all of us can say that the Lord has been better to us than we deserve. He has not rewarded us after our iniquities. I have never been good enough to go to heaven and never will be. I am going because He loved me and died for my sins! It is all of God and it is all of grace!
5. Praise the Lord for His Strength and Provision! (Psalm 103:5; James 1:17) The Lord has sure been good to me, even in the physical things of life. It is God that gives to you the very air that you breathe! Every good gift and every perfect gift; these things come from God. He gave you your health, your home, your job, your car, your food, your every blessing in life. All is made by God and given by God. We are the richest nation on earth and have far more than we deserve. No wonder people are swimming rivers and sneaking across the borders to come to this great land!
6. Praise the Lord for His Protection and Divine Intervention in Our Lives! (Psalm 103:6; John 14:1-3) I am so glad that my life is in the hands of the One who can help. He protects and shields us from evil things. Yes, life is hard, but I look back over the last three years and know that my family and church could have been destroyed. We are here and well! We have trusted in the Lord and have not had to compromise one inch in either our integrity or our doctrine. God has brought us this far and He will take us all of the way home. We can trust Him!
7. Praise the Lord for His Longsuffering! (Psalm 103:8-9; Colossians 1:11) He sure has to put up with a lot when He puts up with me. I am not proud of it, but it is a fact! Thank you, Lord, for being there with me and for me when I did not deserve it. You are gracious; you are merciful; you are longsuffering; and you are compassionate, and I love you for it!!
God’s salvation has a lot of wonderful “benefits” that go along with it and I feel that it is good to be reminded of them from time to time. As you enjoy the things of this life, give glory and honor and praise to the One who made it all possible!
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