Summary: Here's a sermon for the Sunday before Thanksgiving from my Life of David series.

A Thanksgiving Message From David

Psalm 103

1 A Psalm of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul;

And all that is within me, bless His holy name!

2Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits:

3Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases,

4Who redeems your life from destruction,

Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,

5Who satisfies your mouth with good things,

So that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

6The LORD executes righteousness And justice for all who are oppressed.

7He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.

8The LORD is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.

9He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever.

10He has not dealt with us according to our sins,

Nor punished us according to our iniquities.

11For as the heavens are high above the earth,

So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;

12As far as the east is from the west,

So far has He removed our transgressions from us.

13As a father pities his children, So the LORD pities those who fear Him.

14For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.

15As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he


16For the wind passes over it, and it is gone,

And its place remembers it no more.

17But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting

On those who fear Him,

And His righteousness to children's children,

18To such as keep His covenant,

And to those who remember His commandments to do them.

19The LORD has established His throne in heaven,

And His kingdom rules over all.

20Bless the LORD, you His angels, Who excel in strength, who do His word,

Heeding the voice of His word.

21Bless the LORD, all you His hosts, You ministers of His, who do His


22Bless the LORD, all His works, In all places of His dominion.

Bless the LORD, O my soul!

This Thursday will be Thanksgiving Day.

It is a day set aside each year to give thanks to God.

Actually, we should have some time set aside every day

to give our thanks to Him who has blessed us so richly.

As God's people, we should focus our thoughts

upon the goodness of God

and offer our thanks to Him for who He is

and for all He has done for us.

For the past several months we have been examining the Life of David.

For my Thanksgiving message, I have chosen Psalm 103.

You'll notice that it gives David credit for writing it.

Point #1. We should praise the Lord and count our blessings.

1 A Psalm of David. 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:

Notice that in these first 2 verses

David is speaking to his soul.

He is reminding himself, as he praises the Lord,

of all that God has done for him.

There is nothing but praise to God.

There is no request, no appeal, or pleading.

It is pure praise to God.

David was awestruck with God's blessings.

We are not told the circumstances in David's life

when under the Holy Spirit's guiding

he wrote this Psalm.

However, it is not difficult to imagine how it happened.

Looking at his life,

counting his blessings instead of complaining about his burdens,

it dawned upon David just how much God had done for him.

He realized how good God had been

and how undeserving he was of all these blessings.

David praised the Lord with this song.

If you ever have a problem praising the Lord

you simply have to read this psalm.

A psalm is a song.

All the psalms were in fact sung by the Hebrews.

The canticles, as the book of Psalms is also known, is a hymn book.

So David sang this song of praise to the Lord.

I can see David, full of emotion,

passionate in all that he did,

praising God with all his heart.

So, David challenges his "soul" to "bless the Lord".

The word "bless" means "to kneel before another in praise and adoration."

We are living in a day when there truly is a drought of praise

among the people of God.

David would have a difficult time in some of our churches today.

He believed in putting his all into it.

David was also an accomplished musician with the harp.

He was a man who sang with feeling and with conviction.

This was a joyous song of praise to the Lord.

These words were not dry and stale when David sang them.

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