September 14, 2021
Scripture: 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 forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:1-5 ESV
Observation: This psalm of David is unique in that it is self-directed. It is a praise song that reminds David to count the many blessings that the Lord has shown him and express gratitude. And how has he blessed David and us? By forgiving, healing, and redeeming us. By quieting our restless souls with his love and mercy that satisfy and renew our strength (verse 3-5).
Takeaway: At this point, you might feel somewhat skeptical. Perhaps you don’t feel or see God pouring out these sorts of blessings in your life. That’s the issue; that’s why we find it hard to praise God. It’s a matter of perspective. Consider for a moment David’s young adult life on the run from Saul or his sins in middle age that fragmented his home and kingdom. Or how he wasted away in old age. David knew he lived in a fallen world marred by sin. He knew his heart was prone to wander from God. But David also knew that the Lord was greater than his shortcomings, that any victory over the enemy (whether it be warring nations, disease, or hidden sins) would come at the hand of Yahweh and his sovereign purposes. And more importantly, David knew that God loved him—not for his accomplishments, but because David feared the Lord and trusted in his steadfast love that is never-ending (verse 17). That’s a godly perspective. So how should we praise the One who has blessed us? With all that is in us (verse 1). From our very souls to the words that pass from our lips, bless the Lord!
Prayer: Father God, please help us to bless you with unreserved praise that expresses our gratitude and joy as your blessed children. Amen.
Rev. Gordon Green, M.Div., M.A. Counseling