Friday, March 23, 2012

"Bless the Lord, O My Soul"

“Bless the LORD, O My Soul”
Psalm 103:1-14
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:  Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;  Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;  Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.  The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.  He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.  The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.a  He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.  He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.  For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.b  As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.  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. 
Dedication
I would like to dedicate this Psalm to those whom I love that are hurting and in need of God’s special care. 
The Lord is ever mindful of your cries, your grief and your need for His loving hand to guide, to comfort and ease your pain. The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; His mercies never come to an end and His compassions (to suffer with or with suffering) never fail.
David, the author of this beautiful Psalm, writes with immense sensitivity revealing a heart truly blessed of God. The realization that all his sins are forgiven brings David to a new height of worship and shows him as a man that is in tuned with a Holy God. With all the emotion that God has given him, David expresses praise, blessing and honor due His holy name. The phrase “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name,” invites a chorus of praise and blessing; bringing to light a heart filled with gratitude and thanksgiving.
How do I bless the Lord with all that is within me?
Let your affections and love praise Him, by loving whatsoever He loves and seeking only His glory. Let every thought bless Him, by meditating on His excellent greatness and counting every benefit He alone provides. Give Him the highest praise declaring His goodness in every gracious deed done towards mankind. For in Him, what infinite enjoyments we share, as we live, move, and have our being. 
What are the benefits from God?
The earthly benefits from God include: the forgiveness of all sin, the healing of sickness, the deliverance from death, His lovingkindness and tender mercies, and sustenance to sustain life.  According to God’s amazing character and desired purpose for our lives, the healing of disease is not a promise from God, but rather a testimony of His nature and power to heal. Great is His faithfulness towards us which encompasses His grace, His mercy, His love, His goodness, His truth, His compassion. and His forgiveness of sin. God will fulfill every promise He has given to us for He is honorable, unimpeachable and true to His Word. 
Thought: Ask the Lord to open your heart and mind to His wonderful ways and give you understanding of His precious path. Seek His truths and ask Him to show you what you cannot see, any sin that hinders the way. Remind yourself of His great benefits, His redeeming love, His tender mercies and limitless forgiveness of sin. Realize He remembers your frame; He knows you are but dust and loves you with an everlasting unwavering love.

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