REJOICE!

March 26, 2017

One of the most sung worship songs in churches since 2013 is "Bless the Lord, Oh My Soul" by Matt Redman. 
 
I don't know about you but I never realized that when David wrote this song he was speaking to his soul, to his inmost being. He is calling his own heart to worship the Lord, to bring praises to the One who is the author of all blessings. Our psalm today is the inspiration for Redman's song. 

 

In the first few verses, David brings to remembrance all that God has done in his own life:

 

Forgiveness of sin, healing, redemption, faithful love, and true satisfaction have come from the Lord.

 

These wonderful acts of God have brought life to David--renewing his youth and making his soul soar like an eagle. Nothing else compares to this; nothing else compares to the Lord. Too often His acts are forgotten in the midst of everything else in life. Just like David, we need to take moments to remind our souls saying, "Praise the Lord!" remember his goodness, "ten thousand years and then forever more."

 

Psalm 103 // Song of David.

1 Praise the Lord, my soul;
    all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the Lord, my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins
    and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
    and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

6 The Lord works righteousness
    and justice for all the oppressed.

7 He made known his ways to Moses,
    his deeds to the people of Israel:
8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
    slow to anger, abounding in love.
9 He will not always accuse,
    nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
    or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
    so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

13 As a father has compassion on his children,
    so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
14 for he knows how we are formed,
    he remembers that we are dust.
15 The life of mortals is like grass,
    they flourish like a flower of the field;
16 the wind blows over it and it is gone,
    and its place remembers it no more.
17 But from everlasting to everlasting
    the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
    and his righteousness with their children’s children—
18 with those who keep his covenant
    and remember to obey his precepts.

19 The Lord has established his throne in heaven,
    and his kingdom rules over all.

20 Praise the Lord, you his angels,
    you mighty ones who do his bidding,
    who obey his word.
21 Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts,
    you his servants who do his will.
22 Praise the Lord, all his works
    everywhere in his dominion.

    Praise the Lord, my soul.

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