Day 40: Psalm 103
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and do not forget 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 as long as you live[a]
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The Lord works vindication
and justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses,
his acts to the people of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always accuse,
nor will he keep his anger forever.
He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
For as the heavens are high 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 he removes our transgressions from us.
As a father has compassion for his children,
so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him.
For he knows how we were made;
he remembers that we are dust.
As for mortals, their days are like grass;
they flourish like a flower of the field;
for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
and its place knows it no more.
But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
on those who fear him,
and his righteousness to children’s children,
to those who keep his covenant
and remember to do his commandments.
The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,
and his kingdom rules over all.
Bless the Lord, O you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his bidding,
obedient to his spoken word.
Bless the Lord, all his hosts,
his ministers that do his will.
Bless the Lord, all his works,
in all places of his dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul.
Psalm 103 (NRSV)
In this psalm of thanksgiving, David reminds his readers to “not forget all [God’s] benefits.”
I know there are times in my life when the circumstances I face make me forgetful. If one of my kids is sick, for example, I have a pretty hard time remembering anything else. I imagine all of us have circumstances we face on occasion that give us a temporary case of amnesia regarding the goodness of God.
So today, even as you read this, just take a deep breath. Whatever you are facing this day, God’s character is true. It is consistent. He is full of goodness and love, far beyond what you can imagine.
According to this psalm, our God is full of justice, mercy, compassion, and forgiveness. In the face of your circumstances today, take a moment to thank God for who He is. Use your own words to say to Him how much you appreciate His benefits - the forgiveness of sins, the steadfast mercy, the compassion He shows from generation to generation.
And if you feel incapable of that today, it still doesn’t change who God is. He is still full of all the good benefits mentioned in this psalm, and He loves you more than you can possibly imagine. And the Holy Spirit is interceding on your behalf.
Wherever you are today, don’t forget the many benefits of God.
Brad Taylor, Executive Pastor