“Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tendermercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The Lord executes righteousness And justice for all who are oppressed. He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel. The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father pities his children, So the Lord pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, And its place remembers it no more. But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting On those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children,
To such as keep His covenant, And to those who remember His commandments to do them. The Lord has established His throne in heaven, And His kingdom rules over all. Bless the Lord, you His angels, Who excel in strength, who do His word, Heeding the voice of His word. Bless the Lord, all you His hosts, You ministers of His, who do His pleasure. Bless the Lord, all His works, In all places of His dominion. Bless the Lord, O my soul!”
Psalm 103 is a psalm of praise unto God for His mercy, grace, love and benefits. This psalm gives us a glimpse of how to worship God’s way.
We are to:
*use every part of us to worship God
*make time to worship God
*remember the things God has done
*realize how wonderful God is and who He is
*bless the Lord
I. Use every part of ourselves to worship God / Psalm 103:1
Psalm 103:1 NKJV
“Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!”
Your enemy, Satan, doesn’t want you to worship God. He will try to get you to use your mouth, your heart, your mind, your hands, your feet, your eyes, and your ears for anything and everything except to honor God. Remember that God gave you your body and mind so you could use them to worship Him and to give Him glory. Use every part of you – hold nothing back.
* You can use your mouth to praise God by telling Him how wonderful He is and how much you love Him.
* You can use your mind to think about God and His goodness.
* You can use your heart to love God for who He is.
* You can use your hands to play songs of worship to God, or lift them in surrender and worship unto Him.
* You can use your feet to take you places where you can worship God in public and in private, or to dance in His presence.
* You can use your eyes to notice what God has done for you (both spiritual and physical eyes).
* You can use you ears (both spiritual and physical) to hear God’s voice.
II. Make time to worship God / Psalm 103:2-14
In our busy world we must make time to worship God. If we do not make time our enemy, Satan, will keep us so busy that we don’t have time to truly worship God and minister to Him.
Psalm 103:2 NKJV
“Bless the Lord, O my soul; and forget not all His benefits.”
1 Chronicles 16:29 NKJV “Give thanks to the Lord, the glory due His name; bring an offering, and come before Him. Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!”
You need to remind yourself as David did that you should take time to worship God. Often people think they are too busy to worship God. Yet God made us to worship Him. They work and play and do lots of other things, and then they don’t have time for God. David knew it would be easy to get “too busy” and forget God’s goodness, but he determined he wasn’t going to do that.
III. Remember the things that God has done / Psalm 103:3-14
We are to spend time musing the things of God. The things that He has done in our lives and the things that He is going to do. Where He has brought us from and where He is taking us. To muse means to be completely absorbed in thought, to ponder or to meditate.
Psalm 39:3 NKJV
“My heart was hot within me; While I was musing, the fire burned. Then I spoke with my tongue”
Psalm 143:5 NKJV
“I remember the days of old; I meditate on all your works; I muse on the work of your hands. I spread out my hands to You; My soul longs for You like a thirsty land.”
Luke 3:15 KJV
“And all the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not”
A. God’s benefits
We must remember and meditate on God’s benefits. Some of the benefits are forgiveness, salvation, healing, protection, lovingkindness, provision, help, patience, correction, sympathy, and salvation.
1.Forgiveness and Redemption
Through Jesus Christ we have been redeemed. We have been bought back – ransomed. During the times that the Bible was written, a person that had been sold into slavery could be bought back, ransomed for a price. Jesus paid our ransom, our forgiveness and salvation with His own blood.
Psalm 103:3 NKJV
“Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases”
Titus 2:11 NKJV
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men”
Ephesians 1:7 NKJV “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace”
Psalm 103:12 NKJV
“As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.”
Jesus provided healing for us through His body. Every stripe that He received was for us – for our healing. The price for our healing has already been paid.
Psalm 103:3 NKJV
“Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases”
James 5:16 NKJV
“…and pray for one another, that you may be healed.”
Isaiah 53:5 NKJV
“But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.”
3. Protection from danger
Psalm 103:4 NKJV
“Who redeems your life from destruction…”
The Lord is our protection (our shield / our refuge) from danger.
2 Samuel 22:31 NKJV and Psalm 18:30 NKJV
“As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.”
A refuge is a place of safety and security. The Lord is our shelter, our protection from danger, trouble. He is our safety and security.
2 Samuel 22:2-4 NKJV
“And he said: ‘The Lord is my rock and my fortress and
The God of my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation,
My stronghold and my refuge; My Savior, You save me from violence. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies.’ ”
During times of trouble and danger we can take refuge in God.
Psalm 119:114 NKJV
“You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word.”
Psalm 103:4 NKJV
“…Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies.”
The Lord showers us with love and kindness. His mercy to us is new every day.
5. Daily provision
The Lord provides our food as well as many other blessings.
Psalm 103:5 NKJV
“Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s”
Every good gift (and everything we need) comes from the Lord.
James 1:17 NKJV
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”
John 3:27 NKJV
“John answered and said, ‘A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven.”
6. Help in opposition
When the enemy comes (in whatever form) against you, the Lord is there to help.
Psalm 103:6 NKJV
“The Lord executes righteousness
And justice for all who are oppressed”
The Lord is ready, willing and able to help those that the enemy is coming against in an attempt to depress and oppress.
Psalm 12:5 NKJV
“ ‘For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy,
Now I will arise,’ says the Lord; ‘I will set him in the safety for which he yearns.’ ”
Poor could be describe as any number of things. It could mean having a few things or nothing; lacking money or property; needy, not good in quality, lacking something needed, scanty, insufficient, inadequate, lacking ability, inefficient, not satisfactory; frail; needing pity; unfortunate; not favorable; shabby or worn out.
Every person is “poor” in some area of their life and is in need of God’s help and intervention.
7. Patience and correction
Correction is an attempt to change or correct a mistake or error.
Psalm 103:8-9 NKJV
“The Lord is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.”
God is very patient with us and He corrects those that He loves. He desire to help us change our wrong behavior and attitudes.
Deuteronomy 8:5 NKJV
“You should know in your heart that as a man chastens his son, so the Lord your God chastens you.”
Hebrews 12:5-11 NKJV “… ‘My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.’ If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of Hid holiness. Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”
Correction can also be punishment or rebuke. As believers we should be in subjection to the discipline of the Lord. All of God’s discipline is for our good and our benefit. God disciplines us in love because He wants to make us better. He desires for us to be a holy people.
The Lord has sympathy on man. He shares our sorrows and troubles – we are not alone.
Psalm 103:13-14 NKJV
“As a father pities his children,
So the Lord pities those who fear Him,
For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.”
The Lord pities those who fear (respect / reverence) Him. Just as a father feels sorrow for his child’s suffering or distress, the Lord feels for us, His creation.
Malachi 4:2-3 NKJV
“’But to you who fear My name
The Sun of Righteousness shall arise
With healing in His wings; And you shall go out
And grow fat like stall-fed calves. You shall trample the wicked,
For they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet
On the day that I do this’
Says the Lord of hosts.”
Of all the things to remember most, we must remember that a price was paid for our forgiveness. And it was paid out of love. David was especially thankful for God’s promise to forgive his sins. He understood what a wonderful blessing it is to be cleansed and forgiven. God loves you so much that He does not want to be separated from you. Sin separates man from God.
John 3:16-17 NKJV
“For God so love the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
God is a holy God and sin breaks off our fellowship with Him. It is because God wants to cleanse you and forgive you of your sin that He sent Jesus to die on the cross. God requires that blood be shed to pay for sin.
Hebrews 9:22 NKJV
“And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.”
Only the precious blood of Jesus can cleanse us from our sin and unrighteousness, making it possible for us to have fellowship with our holy God. Jesus shed His blood to pay for the sins of everyone. It is up to each of us to either accept the gift of salvation and forgiveness or to reject it.
1 John 1:7
“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”
You can accept the gift of salvation by admitting that you are a sinner, believing in Jesus, asking Him to forgive you, and turning away from sin (forsake sin.)
Everyone who wants to receive salvation must admit that they have sinned.
Romans 3:23 NKJV
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Everyone who wants to receive salvation must believe in Jesus Christ.
Acts 16:31 NKJV
“So they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.’ ”
We must believe that Jesus is the Son of God (the deity of Jesus Christ). We must believe that Jesus came to this earth through a virgin birth. We must believe that Jesus lived a sinless life while here on earth. We must believe that Jesus died on the cross, and that His blood was shed for the remission of our sins. We must believe that Jesus rose from the grave, that He is alive in heaven and that He will return to earth again.
c . Confess
Everyone who wants to receive salvation must confess their sin to God. Today we have direct access to God through Jesus, therefore we do not have to confess our sin to a priest or another person. We can go directly to God with our confession.
1 John 1:9 NKJV
”If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Everyone who wants true salvation must forsake their sin. Once you have experienced the full knowledge of Christ and His salvation, do not turn back. Knowledge of Christ without obedience to Christ can be very dangerous. It is not enough to know that we are to turn from evil, we must do it. Don’t return to your old (sinful) ways.
2 Peter 2:20-22 NKJV
“For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning, For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: ‘A dog returns to his own vomit,’ and, ‘a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.”
God takes the commitment that we make when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior very serious. Once we become part of the kingdom of God we are not to look back, or to return to our old ways.
Luke 9:62 NKJV
“But Jesus said to him, ‘No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
Everyone that experiences true salvation will be received by God. True repentance is being sorry for doing wrong (for going against God), not being sorry that you were caught doing wrong. If we are truly sorry that we have sinned and we go to Jesus for forgiveness, we will receive forgiveness.
Hebrews 9:14 NKJV
“how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”
John 6:37 NKJV
“All that the Father gives me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.”
IV. Believe the promises of God: Psalm 103:15-19
David believed in the promises of God. He knew and believed with all his heart that God’s mercy is from everlasting to everlasting.
Psalm 103:15-19 NKJV
“As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
For the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
And its place remembers it no more. But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children,
To such as keep His covenant,
And to those who remember His commandments to do them. T
he Lord has established His throne in heaven,
And His kingdom rules over all.”
David remembered all that God had done for him. He also believed that God would do everything that He promised He would. David was thankful for the past things done and the future promises. We too must remember all that God has done for us and all that He has said that He will do. The Lord is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Hebrews 13:8 NKJV
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
God never changes and He always keeps His promises.
2 Peter 3:8-9 NKJV
“But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”
V. Realize how wonderful God is and who He is / Psalm 103:7-21
Moses and David served the same God that we do. A God that performed many miracles. A God that is merciful, a God that is our Father, a God that understands our frailties, a God that is everlasting, and a God that is above all things.
1. Our God is a miracle working God
We serve a God that can and does perform miracles. There is nothing that our God can not do.
Psalm 103:7 NKJV
“He made know His ways to Moses,
His acts to the children of Israel.”
2. Our God is merciful
We serve a God that no one could stand before if He dealt with us according to our sins.
Psalm 103:8 NKJV
“The Lord is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.”
God does not keep a count (record) of confessed sin (things that we have asked forgiveness for.)
Jeremiah 31:34 NKJV
“No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”
Psalm 130:3-4 NKJV
“If You, Lord, should mark iniquities,
O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You,
That You may be feared.”
God is much kinder toward us than justice requires. He is kinder to us than we could ever dream of or expect. His mercy toward us is truly a blessing.
3. Our God is our Father
Every person that has accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior is a child of God. They have been born (reborn) into the family of God.
Matthew 23:9 NKJV
“…for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.”
Isaiah 63:16 NKJV
“Doubtless You are our Father,
Though Abraham was ignorant of us,
And Israel does not acknowledge us. You, O Lord, are our Father;
Our Redeemer from Everlasting is Your name.”
Psalm 103:13 NKJV
“As a father pities his children,
So the Lord pities those who fear Him.”
Deuteronomy 31:6 NKJV
“Do you thus deal with the Lord,
O foolish and unwise people? Is He not your Father, who bought you? Has He not made you and established you?”
Malachi 2:10 NKJV
“Have we not all one Father?
Has not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously with one another
By profaning the covenant of the fathers?”
Matthew 6:14 NKJV
“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
Luke 6:36 NKJV
“Therefore be merciful just as your Father also is merciful.”
4. Our God understands human frailties
God created us and He knows all about us. He knows our strengths and He knows our weaknesses. He understands us and He is patient and full of mercy concerning our human frailties.
Psalm 103:14 NKJV
“For He know our frame; He remembers that we are dust.”
God’s understanding is without limits, knows no bounds and is extremely great.
Psalms 147:5 NKJV
“Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite.”
5. Our God’s mercy is everlasting
Psalm 103:17-18 NKJV
“But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children
To such as keep His covenant,
And to those who remember His commandments to do them.”
God’s mercy (unmerited favor) and love are forever. There is no end or stopping them.
I Chronicles 16:34 NKJV
“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.”
Psalm 52:8 NKJV
“But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever.”
Psalm 100:5 NKJV
“For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting
And His truth endures to all generations.”
6. Our God is above all things
Psalm 103:19-21 NKJV
“The Lord has established His throne in heaven,
And His kingdom rules over all.
Bless the Lord, you His angels,
Who excel in strength, who do His word,
Heeding the voice of His word
Bless the Lord, all you His hosts,
You ministers of His, who do His pleasure.”
When David thought about God’s greatness, he couldn’t help worshiping Him. To worship means to ascribe worth (value) to someone or something. When we worship God we tell Him how much we love Him , how much He means to us, how much we value Him, and how much we admire Him.
One way to worship God is to tell Him how much you appreciate His beauty and His goodness. Only as you get to know God in an intimate way and yield to the Holy Spirit will you be able to worship Him the way He deserves to be worshiped. God must be worshiped in spirit and in truth.
We must worship God for who He is, and out of love to Him. God gives a special joy to those who minister to Him in worship.
VI. Bless the Lord / Psalm 103:22
Psalm 103:22 NKJV
“Bless the Lord, all His works,
In all places of His dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul!”
Like David, we need to bless the Lord. When David remembered all about God, he was so filled with thanksgiving that he felt unable to properly express himself. He called upon the angels and all the other created beings on earth to help him worship God. Worship was not a one time thing with David – he repeatedly offered up thanksgiving, praise and worship. If we do not give praise and worship to God, the rocks and the trees will.
Luke 19:40 NKJV
“But He answered to them, ‘I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”
Everyone and anyone can offer thanksgiving to God, even someone with sin in their life, but it takes clean hands and clean heart to worship God. You must have an intimate relationship with God to truly worship Him.
If you have not called upon Jesus for forgiveness, you are ignoring God’s goodness to you and you are denying yourself of an intimate relationship with Him. Both in this world and in the one to come.
Romans 10:13 NKJV
“For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”