Psalm 103 Praise for the Lord’s Mercies
We can outline Psalm 103 in the following manner:
Verses 1-5 Mercy of God
1. 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
3. Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
4. Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
5. Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Thanksgiving is not a one day event, we need to give God thanks daily.
Sometimes we need to give ourselves a good, good talking-to. That’s what Psalm 103 is all about. It’s a prayer by David in which he talks to his own soul and reminds himself to “bless the Lord,” and “forget not all his blessings and benefits.”
Friends, I wonder how many of us could give God a “one minute praising for his blessings.”
1. We are good at telling the Lord what we want him to do for us.
2. We need a good dose of Psalm 103 to work out that complaining spirit within and replace it with a heart of gratitude to the Lord.
3. I call your attention to this because we just celebrated Thanksgiving and some even participated in Black Friday for shopping, not for Jesus and we are a few weeks away from Christmas.
National verses 6-18 God’s mercy to Israel
Universal verses 19-22 Created begins to praise the Lord.
Let all that is within me praise his holy name; forget not all his blessings and benefits. We must think before we can thank, we must ponder before we can praise, and we must remember before we can rejoice.
Thanksgiving Ain’t Over, It’s Everyday.