Monday, July 12, 2010

Psalms 103

I am comforted by David’s adoration in the 103rd Psalm.

Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. [Psalms 103:1 KJV]

This is not the blessed/happiness of the Beatitudes, this is the worshipful, kneeling praise of adoration to God. David tells us here what God has done for him, why God is to be worshipped.

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: [Psalms 103:2 KJV]

Praise and adore Him not because of future expectations, but what He has proven in the past.

Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; [Psalms 103:3 KJV]

Right at the top of the list is forgiveness. The reason that is so important is that mankind must accept that there is a need for forgiveness to begin with. David was thankful for God’s forgiveness because he received it when he confessed his sins. He understood, and stated in his confession, that his sin was against God.

And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. [2 Samuel 12:13a KJV]

David then thanked God for redemption.

Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; [Psalms 103:4 KJV]

Again, as David himself had experienced.

And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. [2 Samuel 12:13b KJV]

David continued in praise and adoration of all God has done, to Israel as a people and to David as an individual.

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.
[Psalms 103:5-22 KJV]

1 comment:

  1. I am so thankful for a forgiving, merciful God! :D


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