Psalm 103 (KJV)
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.
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.
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.
As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.
But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;
To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.
Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.
Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.
Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the
LORD, O my soul.
Often times as human as we are, we tend to forget the great things that God has done for us. This happens to even the most spiritual person who does not constantly remind him/herself of God’s goodness and benefits. As the Psalmist constantly reminded himself of the God’s goodness and benefits because of the frail nature of the soul to forget in times of trouble or when all seem well.
The Psalmist recounts of God’s goodness and benefits for himself in this chapter. These benefits which the Psalmist recounts are also common in our daily life. These benefits which he recounts are often overlooked and not appreciated much because, we do not see them as foundational pillars to our daily existence and survival on earth.
Our lord is pleased when we praise Him with our words. We are commanded “offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name”. Hebrews 13:15 and “speaking to one another in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your hearts to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”. Ephesians 5:19-20
In commanding his soul, David was commanding his entire being, including his memory, mind, heart and will. He did not want to forget a single one of God’s goodness and benefits to him.
THE BENEFITS FROM GOD
1. His forgiveness- We should not be surprised that forgiveness heads the list of things for which David was thankful. David understood this benefit because, even though he had sinned grievously, a sin for which he deserved to die (2 Sam 12:13), he experienced God’s forgiveness.
If God had not provided forgiveness for our sins through His son, we could not become His children recipients of His many other benefits. Even when we sin after coming into His family, we still have His promise of forgiveness.
2. Healing- Sometimes people have difficulty understanding that healing is one of our benefits. Even now, however, the Lord is often pleased to restore health to His people in response to our prayers for them.
3. Redemption- David spoke of a redemption that goes beyond forgiveness of sins. Redemption suggest a cost or risk involved in ransoming someone. The death of the lord Jesus ransomed us from the clutches of the devil and freed us to become God’s adopted children.
4. Righteousness- Perhaps you have not thought of God’s righteousness as one of the benefits we have from Him.
5. His mercy- How patient is the Lord’s mercy! He is slow to express anger over failures.
6. His compassion
7. His eternal faithfulness
It is not easy to cultivate a thankful heart; if you begin now, though, to count your blessings, you will soon find that it has become a habit.