Our family has a tradition; whenever we are having a meal together, and happen to start eating before we pray–we begin the prayer with Psalm 103:1. “Bless the Lord, oh my soul AND ALL THAT IS WITHIN ME, bless His holy name.” Certainly, David was not speaking of a meal in his blessing for God–David’s most beloved friend. In David’s Life, he made some pretty awful mistakes. Murder, adultery, pride and disregard for justice were among the sins that almost toppled the Great King of Israel. Yet, in the midst of these awful deeds, David took responsibility for his own behavior; and threw himself on the alter’s mercy seat–David simply asked God to forgive and restore him.
God did as David asked, and made him the father of Israel. David’s lineage bore our Savior, Jesus. In this psalm, David reminds us that God is truly amazing, caring and forgiving. God simply loves as only a Father can. He restores us. He removes our sin from out of our sight–“As far as the East is from the West.” He loves us with an everlasting love.
It is important to note that this psalm is written well before the appearance of the Savior–yet, David reminds us of God’s desire to forgive and remove our sin from us. The God of the Old Testament is the absolute same as the God of the New Testament! His nature was, is and always will be to care for his own–like David. All we have to do is humbly come before him and ask! He does not promise to remove our consequence–but, God does promise to remove our sin. Such a promise deserves our love and blessing–from all that is within us! Bless His holy name!!!!
God Bless You
Bless 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.
6 The Lord works righteousness
and justice for all who are oppressed.
7 He made known his ways to Moses,
his acts to the people of Israel.
8 The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9 He will not always chide,
nor will he keep his anger forever.
10 He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.