Bless the Lord, O my Soul
Psalm 103:1-2 “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:”
This is a psalm David wrote.
Some believe he wrote it when the Ark was moved successfully to Jerusalem. (after the sin of trying to move it on a cart. 2 Samuel 6:3, 6-10; 1 Chronicles 15:12-15,28)
This is a psalm expressing the goodness and mercy of God to sinners.
David calls upon himself, and the people to love and praise the Lord for all His benefits.
(Psalm 103:3-5). Praise the Lord…for…
His forgiveness…He forgives His people’s sins and iniquities.
His healing…both spiritual and physical.
His saving us from so many places of danger and destruction.
He shields (crowns) us with His loving-kindness, and treats us as His children….with tender mercies.
He has not only saved us, but given us contentment and joy.
He strengthens us by His grace.
(The eagle lives many years, and naturalists say….when they grow old, the eagle casts off her feathers [at molting time] and fresh ones come on,…..so that the eagle’ feathers are as young again)
Psalm 103:6 “The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.”
David praises the Lord for showing him his error, forgiving his sin…….and allowing him to finish bringing the Ark to the Tabernacle in Jerusalem, so that all may come and worship before God.
As it was shown Moses at the giving of the Law, God is merciful and gracious.
(We do not think of grace being in the Old Testament….but it is always, “by grace are ye saved”…..there it looked forward to Christ, for those who believed God….now, we look back, and grace is given us by the Holy Spirit who abides with us, forever.
Grace is the unmerited favor of power….the power God gives us to look to Him, believe and be saved.)
God is slow to anger….praise the Lord for His longsuffering to us, wooing us to Himself, showing us our faults, and taking us by the hand when we are going astray, to guide us into the right way.
Though He signals His displeasure at our sins; He waits, giving us time to repent.
For He has not dealt with us according to our sins….for Christ took the penalty for them, which was against us.
(Where can you say the east ends and the west begins….for the east to us, is west to someone else.
As the line between them can not be found, so our sins can not be found for all who are in Christ Jesus.)
Psalm 103:13-14 “Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him.
For He knoweth our frame; He remembereth that we are dust.”
“Pitieth” means compassionate love. A father never pushes his children to go beyond their true capacity…..but encourages them, leading them into new things, with him at their side.
All the things which come to us, come through the Lord’s hands; He measures our trials, and joys that we might become grounded,…steady in our walk with Him.
Proverbs 30:8-9 “Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:
Lest I be full, and deny Thee, and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.”
“Keep me, O Lord, from anything that will hinder my walk with You.”
Psalm 103:15, 17-18 “As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear Him, and His righteousness unto the children’s children;
To such as keep His covenant, and to those that remember His commandments to do them.”
Our lives are short, in comparison to God’s mercy. He saw us in eternity past….made provision for us in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 1:9) that we might be with Him through eternity future.
He extended mercy when we were yet in our sins and rebellion against Him (Titus 3:4-5).
He saves us, and delivers us from our sins….washing us in His Word, and giving us His Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 5:25-27)
Psalm 103:19 “The Lord hath prepared His throne in the heavens; and His kingdom ruleth over all.”
How wonderful that He is ruler above all, unswayed by circumstances, or crisis.
We do not need to fear that we will be forgotten, or left to our own strength…..He invites to draw near His throne in prayer.
Hebrews 4:16 “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
(Psalm 103:20-22). Seven times in the whole psalm;……and four times in the last three verses, David calls upon all the created beings….angels, those ministering as His servants, and all His works….in all places, to bless the Lord.
“Bless” here means “kneel and praise”. God can bless us with great benefits….but we bless God when we truly worship Him.
Then he finishes, as he started:
Psalm 103:22 “….bless the Lord, O my soul.”
And shouldn’t we bless Him….kneel down and praise our God….for all His benefits to us?