Psalm 103 is a psalm of David that is a mountaintop of praise to God. David calls out a list of things God does for us, but begins with this reminder. “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name”! He begins with praise that comes from the very depths of his soul. It isn’t just words or song, it is from deep within our soul. And praise should emanate from all of me, not just some of me. The praise that David describes here shows enthusiastic devotion to God through our covenant relationship with Him. It is all of me blessing all of Him.
This chapter is the basis of many praise songs that have been sung over the years. The verses connect because they are so personal and connect emotionally, intellectually, physically and spiritually. David calls out the many ways that God blesses us:
- “forget not all his benefits
- forgives all your iniquity
- heals all your diseases
- redeems your life from the pit
- crowns you with steadfast love and mercy
- satisfies you with good
- works righteousness and justice for all
- made known his ways….his acts to the people
- slow to anger
- abounding in steadfast love
- will not always chide
- nor will he keep his anger forever
- does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities
- steadfast love toward those who fear him
- remove our transgressions from us
- shows compassion to those who fear him
- knows our frame
- remembers that we are dust
- flourishes like a flower of the field
- steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting”
David’s psalm is a clinic on exactly how much God loves us. It shows us all the ways that He pours His benefits upon us. We may have a benefit package at work, but it is nothing like what God showers upon us as His children.
One of those amazing benefits is around forgiveness. “He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are 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 does he remove our transgressions from us”. Forgiveness happens when we seek to get right with God. Scripture is clear that all of us are sinners – we fall short and miss the mark – we fail to meet the standards God has set and as a result we are sinners that face a very dark and painful eternity if we don’t address our sin.
But God is willing to set us free from that penalty if we will only get right with Him. The process is pretty simple:
- Acknowledge – we have to realize we chose to sin and need to realize our situation
- Confess – be willing to tell God we are a sinner and sorry for our willful disobedience
- Repent – turn around and go the other way leaving our sin behind
- Receive – God offers us grace and mercy to cover all our sin through the blood of Jesus Christ but we have to receive that free gift
- Believe – We must take the salvation offered to us through Christ and make it our own
- Live – under the Lordship of Christ who comes in not only as Savior, but also as Lord of our life
He isn’t going anywhere. His offer stands for eternity. “The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all”. We merely need to come to Him and take the journey to be set free and truly praise Him for His love!