103:1 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
103:2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits–
103:3 who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,
103:4 who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
103:5 who satisfies you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
103:6 The LORD works vindication and justice for all who are oppressed.
103:7 He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel.
103:8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
This Psalm portrays several characteristics of Gods true nature:
- He is a forgiving God (vs 3)
- He heals those those who are sick (vs 3)
- He has saved us from eternal punishment (vs4)
- He pours out His everlasting love and mercy (vs 4)
- He blesses us with many good things (vs 5)
Let our response to always be to serve and praise Him. Let our lives be a display of who He is and may we in turn be a blessing to others.
How easy it is to forgot all the good things that God has done for us. Paul instructed us to always have a testimony on our lips. In other words, our experiences with God are to be remembered and shared. We have a duty to proclaim to the world what the Lord has done. But the very first step is to count our blessings each day.
Every day that we are alive is a new day with new possibilities. Each day is a blessing. Our children are a blessing, even if they seem like a curse at times. Our families are a blessing, even if some of them are impossible to deal with. Our church body is a blessing, even if some of them don’t act like it. Our jobs are a blessing, even if we don’t like what we do. We are blessed with the necessities of life and much more beyond that. Every day let us recall everything the Lord has done for us and we will bless the Lord by doing so!
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