Summary: Psalm 103 is a pure song of praise. There’s not one petition in it. Instead, it crescendos with the command that everything in life must bless God! To excite and inspire Godliness in others, we must first stir it up in ourselves.
Let’s Bless God!
Third in the series: "Glorify God!"
(My thanks to Wm. Darryl Scott Sr. for some of this material)
Introduction: Some people habitually talk to themselves. Listen as King David did it: “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless his holy name.” Psalm 103 is a pure song of praise. There is not a single petition in it. Instead, its joy progresses to a crescendo with the command that everything with life and breath in it must bless God!
Proposition: To excite and inspire Godliness in the hearts of others, we must first stir it up in ourselves.
1. Praise begins within
David begins his psalm by talking to himself. In examining his own life, he has discovered a need for genuine introspection.
To his dismay, it appears he discovers that the beauty of praise and thanksgiving are missing from the garden of his heart.
So he addresses himself: “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me bless his holy name” (v1). The soul is our total personality; it is a unique entity that makes us who we are. It is the whole person.
But David doesn’t stop at the soul. He adds, “All that is within me.” He is saying, "Everything inside me that makes up my soul needs to praise the lord!" He lifts up his whole being in gratitude to God.
In verse 2, David reminds himself to “forget not all his benefits.” While he was praising God from the innermost recesses of his being, he was not overlooking the specifics of God’s unmerited grace and mercy. Even though David knew he could not remember all of God’s blessings, he knew he must not forget them. In other words, he was not to take for granted God’s expressions of goodness. Do we?
2. Praise comes from every aspect of our lives
Look at the verse-by-verse progression in Psalm 103!
Praise him because:
A. He is a pardoner,verse 3. He forgives all my iniquities
B. He is a physician, verse 3. He heals all my diseases
C. He is a redeemer, verse 4. He redeems my life from destruction
D. He is a benefactor, verse 5. He satisfies my mouth with good
E. He is a judge, verse 6. He executes righteousness for oppressed
F. He is a chastiser, verse 9. He won’t stay angry forever
G. Praise him for blessing of his height, verse 11. "As high as the heaven is above the earth" speaks of his mercy that cannot be comprehended
H. Praise him for blessing of his breadth, verse 12. "As far as the east is from the west" tells us His forgiveness cannot be rescinded.
I. Praise him for his depth, verse 13. As a father he pities those who fear him. His compassion cannot be estimated.
J. Praise him as creator, verse 14. He knows our frame
K. Praise him because he keeps his covenants and promises, verses 17-18. His mercy is from everlasting to everlasting.
L. Praise him because he is our king, verse 19. His kingdom rules over all
Praise him--all that is within me
Praise him--for all his benefits.
Praise him--for all that I am for God
Praise him--all that I have comes from God
Praise him--because we are his people
Praise him--this is his pasture
Praise him--when we enter into his gates and his courts