Psalm 103 A Psalm of David
1 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:
Our whole being, inside and out, should be involved when we bless the Lord. Our mind should be concentrating n Him, not on this world, or the struggles we are having, or the person sitting next to us, or what we are having for dinner. They say it takes about 20 minutes of concentrated thought to get to the point you can focus on one thing. Do you fully concentrate on the Lord when worshiping, and do you give Him enough time? Our ears should be listening to the spirit, hoping to hear His voice calling to us, giving us direction and instruction for our day. Our mouth should be singing His praises, joyful and loud! Our hands should be lifted or maybe clapping, our hearts should be lifted up to Him, our feet could be dancing. All this is within me, bless His name!
All His benefits, I call this next section of scripture God’s benefit package. There may be more benefits you can list, but this is fairy comprehensive in the broad stroke. The words David uses encompass the totality of our salvation, and He knew this way back 1,000 years before Christ, God never changes! We have such a great benefit package from God, why would anyone not want to go to work for Him? Isn’t the benefit package one of that things we look for when looking for a job? Here we have God’s benefit package spelled out for us!
3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
He forgives all your iniquities. They are gone as far as God is concerned. have you put them in your past? Or do you allow the enemy to hold them against you ate every turn. God never will. He will never bring them up again. So if you are hounded by past iniquities, know that is your enemy bringing them up. Just remind him of his future!
He heals all your diseases. All! I love that word. it leaves nothing behind. When Jesus took the stripes on His way to the cross, He bores those stripes for your healing. Emotional, physical, mental and spiritual healing. There is nothing in your body that He did not die for. Perhaps you have not seen the manifestation of that yet, but it has been provided. It’s time to reach out and take it. it’s yours!
He redeems you from destruction. What areas of your life seem like they have been destroyed by your past Financial, physical, mental – all have been redeemed. the destruction has to go, in Jesus name. Allow Him to speak to you this truth, and bring supply into your life. He is your provider.
He crowns you with lovingkindness and mercy. These things are not only all over you, but they flow through you. They bring peace to your soul – remember that the chastisement of our peace was upon Him (Is 53:5). When mercy reigns in our lives, there is nothing that can shake us. Does mercy reign in you?
he satisfies your mouth with good things. Jesus said that out of our mouth comes things that can defile us (Matt 15:11). God will fill our mouth with good things! This does not only mean He will supply our needs when it comes to nourishment. It means He will fill our mouths with the positive things of life. When we speak according to Phil 4:8, our lives will be much more fulfilling, and more of a blessing to others. What an amazing benefit!
How mus of God’s benefit package are you taking advantage of? It is all provided for you by Christ! Start to realize exactly what happened on the cross today!
6 The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.
7 He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.
8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
9 He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.
Aren’t you glad that God is righteous and just to all that are oppressed? He doesn’t pick and choose who will get His mercy and grace – it is open to all. He made it known to Moses, and as result He made it known to all of us. We can depend on that in times when we feel oppressed. God is there for us -He will never turn His back on us!
Verse 8 is almost a direct quite from God! In Exodus 34:8, God describes Himself to Moses, and He uses words similar to this. I love the plenteous in mercy prat the best. I know He was plenteous in mercy when I came to Him. He took me in, no questions asked. he put all my past behind me, and helped me to a brand new start. i could go on and on about His mercy to me. What a wonderful God we serve. You can depend on His mercy!
10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
Aren’t you glad for verse 10? That is His mercy! He is a holy God. There is no iniquity or sin in Him. And yet He accepts us into His family, because He does not hold our sin against us, not reward us according to the iniquity we have done. This applies to those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior, and accepted His sacrifice as paying for their sins. It takes a personal admission of faith in what he accomplished on the cross. Once we make that personal confession, our sin is removed as far as the east is from the west, and that is a long way! Casting Crowns said it well in this song
13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.
14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.
17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;
18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
He knows exactly who we are. he knows each one of us like a father knows his own children. He knows our frame, and can spot us a long ways off, as the father of the prodigal saw his son coming (Luke 15:20). Our lives are not that long, even though it often seems they are. To God, they are as a blade of grass si to us. it flourishes for a while and then it’s gone.
But His mercy is eternal to those that fear Him, that reverence Him. When we keep His covenant, His mercy will always extend to us, and we are covered by that. That mercy will forgive our sins and bring us to heaven. It will supply that benefits we discussed above in our lives. It will beckon us to be with Him in heaven when this life is over. And there we will be with Him forever.
19 The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.
20 Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.
21 Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.
22 Bless the Lord, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the Lord, O my soul.
David ends the way he began this psalm. Bless the Lord, oh my soul. If all of heaven Blesses His name, why should we do any less. When we rise n the morning til we lay our heads down at night we should bless His holy name. he is worthy of our praise!