Bless the LORD!
1Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits,
3 who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
5 who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Last week we saw in the Lord’s prayer, that God satisfies us, heals us, and meets our needs. Our daily bread comes from him. Psalm 103 adores God for these good gifts.
This Sunday we are meditating on our iniquity and God’s forgiveness; and how God’s redemption results in an overflow of forgiveness to others. This psalmist is worshipping God for the forgiveness of all his sin.
The psalmist speaks to his soul repeatedly saying, “Bless the Lord”. He is earnest to worship the Lord with all of his being through his thoughts, emotions, and actions. He worships in order to remind himself of who God is and what he has done. He recounts God’s complete forgiveness, powerful physical healing, redemption of us from the pit, and amazing blessing. The psalmist knows his satisfaction is fully good and complete in God.
As we prepare our hearts for worshipping together this Sunday, our hearts can be full as we consider the many reasons we have to bless the Lord.
These lyrics from Jesus paid it all powerfully speak to our need for a savior:
I hear the savior say
Thy strength indeed is small
Child of weakness, watch and pray
Find in me thine all in all
Jesus paid it all, all to him I owe
Sin had left a crimson stain
He washed it white as snow
Songs for This Sunday:
Yet Not I But Through Christ in Me
Jesus Paid it All
His Mercy is More