“Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, I my soul, and forget not all his benefits.”
As he penned this psalm, King David was reflecting on the many wonderful attributes of our God.
In verse 3, David meditates on God, “who forgiveth all thine iniquities.” All of us can thank God that we will never have our good deeds weighed against our bad to determine our eternal destiny. Instead, only Jesus Christ’s blood will be seen when we are called to give account of our lives.
David then goes on to praise God because he “satisfieth thy mouth with good things” (verse 5). Any of us who takes a few minutes to count our blessings will quickly realize the richness of God’s goodness to us. We do not need to crave “stuff” because God gives us enough to satisfy our longings.
In a world where we regularly hear of those who are taken advantage of, we can praise God with David that “the Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed” (verse 6). All of us greave when we hear of a disabled or poor person who loses all he has at the hands of a cruel neighbor. It is great to know that God will take up the cause of the disadvantaged.
The following verse gives us one more reason to thank our Lord. “He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.” So many religions around the world worship a God or gods who make themselves a mystery or puzzle, seeming to expect their followers to search for a way to please them. Our great God revealed Himself to us in His Word. While we cannot understand every part of Him, He does allow us to know His thoughts and the way to please Him!
Psalm 103 goes on to list several more reasons to praise our all-powerful God. Each Christian should spend some time in this rich Psalm of worship, praise, and celebration.