"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.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust." Psalm 103:1-5, 11-14.
The Psalmist, identified as David, pens one of the most moving passages of praise in all the Scriptures in this heartfelt Psalm. This passage is classified as a psalm, hymnic; "A psalm joyously glorifying God and emphasizing his greatness, power, majesty, kindness, and mercy." And we notice immediately that David is in fact reminding himself, "oh my soul", to bless or honor or praise the Lord. We are told to not forget his benefits which are then listed for us. Because He forgives our sin and heals our diseases (vs. 3). He redeems us from death and provides mercy (vs. 4). He feeds and clothes us (vs. 5).
I could write for hours regarding the magnificence this passage brings to the people of God. But for our purpose today, let us visit the greatness of God demonstrated in these few verses. He separated us from the heavens to demonstrate the vastness of His care and love toward us. Have you ever considered that you can go far enough north that you will eventually be going south, but you can never go far enough east that you find yourself going west? Our sins are forever cast this infinite distance! He intimately knows you and cares in an everlasting way for those who fear Him.
Friends, read these words and let the lovingkindness of the Lord cover you as a warm blanket on a cold, wintry morning. As the choir sings this Psalm this weekend, remind yourself as David has in Psalm 103, to "bless the Lord, oh my soul…".
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