Thursday, September 29, 2011

Bless the LORD!

Recently I read through Psalm 103 because I could not get the song Bless the Lord, O my Soul out of my head. The song is taken directly from the first verse of Psalm 103. David starts and ends the psalm with praise and adoration for the LORD. He is encouraging each of us to bless the LORD as well and to consider his holiness: "Bless his holy name!" Sandwiched in between the expressions of praise are the reason to praise the LORD. Verse 2 tells us not to forget all the benefits from the LORD. If we were to truly examine our life span and recall all of God's benefits to us than we would truly die before we reach verse 3. Listen to the reasons to bless the LORD:

Who forgives iniquity (3)
Who heals all your diseases (3)
Who redeems your life from the pit (4)
Who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy (4)
Who satisfies you with good (5)
[He] works righteousness and justice for all who are opposed (6)
[He] is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love (8)
He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities (10)
Great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him (11)
As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us (12)
As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him (13) The steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him (17)

WOW! Christian, you should be overwhelmed by the goodness of God. In the brevity of this life we, as sinners, receive great benefits from the LORD. These are eternal benefits from our God and Creator. He is a gracious God who is worthy of all praise, honor and glory.

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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