Summary: Bless the Lord for all He is and does

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Bless the Lord

Psalm 103

May 6, 2012

Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

To bless the Lord means to praise or adore Him. There are so many reasons for us to bless Him.

Bless the Lord for His Benefits To Us :1-7

2Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

I think of the Israelites who seemed to constantly forget all the good things the Lord had done so that they wandered away from Him. We’re commanded to remember all His benefits to us and then given a few specifically:

3Who forgiveth all thine iniquities;

If God doesn’t ever do anything else this one is praiseworthy enough. We’ve been pardoned!

Imagine a man who gets a life sentence for murder. He does ten years when the governor decides to give him a pardon. They just open the doors and let him walk out—he’s free and every debt he ever owed is paid. Would he not be glad and full of joy?

Praise the Lord because you’ve been forgiven of every iniquity to the point that we can say, “Who shall bring a charge against us?” (Rom. 8:33).

who healeth all thy diseases;

This word for diseases is only used four other times :

Deuteronomy 29:22 is the first. To paraphrase, it says, “When your children get older and when strangers come along, they’ll see the plagues and the sicknesses I’ve lain upon the land and ask, ‘Why has the Lord done this? What made Him so angry’ And the people will answer, ‘Because they’ve forsaken the covenant.’”

It’s used again in II Chronicles 21:19. Jehoram was a wicked king of Israel. As punishment it says, “his bowels fell out by reason of his sickness.”

In Jeremiah 14 there are false prophets who promise peace to the people and God basically says, “They’re lying. You’re going to see death and misery everywhere. If you go into the country you’ll find them dead from the sword. If you into the city you’ll find them ‘sick with famine.’” (:18)

In chapter 16 God reveals to Jeremiah that all the people will die “grievous deaths” because God has taken away His peace, mercy, and lovingkindness from them. (:4)

It’s very interesting to me that every time this word is used it refers to a sickness God has caused as judgment! It makes me think of Isaiah’s prophecy that “by His stripes we are healed.”

Bless the Lord because He’s healed us of our diseases—He won’t judge us with the wicked!

4Who redeemeth thy life from destruction;

Don’t skip over this word “redeems” too quickly.

Israel was redeemed from exile and from Egypt.

Slaves were redeemed from slavery.

Murder victims were “redeemed” by the avenger of blood.

We are redeemed from destruction (the pit or the grave)! We know we’re going to die, but we also know we won’t stay there. When we leave this body we’re present with the Lord, and one day this body will be raised up glorified.

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