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And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32

Bless the Lord O my soul

Psalm 103 reveals or reminds us of some of the attributes of God,the creator of all things, and in a way reminds us to count our blessings and be faithful to Him. Psalm 103:1-5 reads:

“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 His benefits;
Who forgives all your iniquities; who heals all your diseases; who redeem’s your life from destruction; who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies; who satisfies your mouth with good things so that you youth is renewed like eagles.”

Here the Psalmist is speaking to his own soul, in other words, he’s speaking to himself – encouraging himself. He is reminding himself of the Lord’s goodness. We too need to take some time to remind ourselves how good the Lord has been and continues to be.

In verse 2 and 3 he says: “Bless the Lord O my soul and forget not His benefits; who forgiveth all your iniquities.” Many times we are tempted into thinking, the Christian life offers no benefits – that the Lord has forgotten about us or that there is no room for reconciliation and our sins cannot be forgiven. Its only when we sit to reflect how the Lord has saved us, that we can overcome such temptations. Friends, regardless of what we see on this earth, God is good and He is ready to make His goodness known to us if we can have faith in Him. There is no sin so big that He cannot forgive.

Verse 4: “Who redeems your life from destruction; who crowns you with loving kindness.” Now, if that is not good news then I don’t know what else is. The law demands that the sinner must die but God is merciful, slow to anger and gracious (verse 8). He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punnished us according to our iniquities (Verse 10) but has instead, offered us eternal life through His Son Jesus Christ who died in our place, rose and now lives to make intercession for us. Those who accept the Son [Jesus], though they die, shall live again never to experience pain or death again (see John 3:16; 11:25,26).

Verse 11: “for as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy towards those who fear Him.” Now we see a qualification being stated. We need to have a balanced view of God. Satan would rather have us go to one extreme or the other. Here we see that only those who ‘fear’ the Lord will reap the full benefit of God’s mercy. What is meant by the phrase ‘fearing God’ is that we should have regard for Him, revere Him, worship Him, we must be willing to obey Him – He must be Lord of/over our lives.

Verse 5: “Who satisfies your mouth with good things…” God provides for us even now, in this life. We should often pause and thank Him for the sustainance he gives us. In verse 6 we are told that God executes judgement in behalf of the opressed. God comes to our aid in times of trouble but we should alse remind ourselves not to opress.

In closing, let me emphasise that God is good, and its up to us to make a decision to benefit from His goodness. Lets always consider God as supreme and worship Him who made the Heavens, Earth, sea and all that is in them. Verse 13 and 14 reads, “As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame, He remebers that we are dust.”

May the Lord bless you as you reflect on His goodness.

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March 2, 2009 - Posted by | Today's Word

2 Comments »

  1. Hi thanks for a great post. I’ll be back 🙂

    Comment by Mark | March 3, 2009 | Reply

  2. God bless you, Mark. Thanks for the comment.

    Comment by lovemoren | March 3, 2009 | Reply


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