Psalm 103 (NASB)

A Psalm of David.

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits; Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle. The Lord performs righteous deeds, And judgments for all who are oppressed. He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the sons of Israel. The Lord is compassionate and gracious, Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness. He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever. 10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. 11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him.12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. 13 Just as a father has compassion on his children, So the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him. 14 For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust. 15 As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. 16 When the wind has passed over it, it is no more, And its place acknowledges it no longer. 17 But the lovingkindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children, 18 To those who keep His covenant, And remember His precepts to do them.19 The Lord has established His throne in the heavens, And His sovereignty rules over all. 20 Bless the Lord, you His angels, Mighty in strength, who perform His word, Obeying the voice of His word! 21 Bless the Lord, all you His hosts, You who serve Him, doing His will. 22 Bless the Lord, all you works of His, In all places of His dominion; Bless the Lord, O my soul!”

In Psalm 103, David calls for his soul, his innermost being, to bless the LORD from the beginning to the end. In verses 1-6, he calls to remembrance that the mercies of the LORD cover all. He gives emphasis to the LORD in action with powerful verbs: pardons, heals, redeems, crowns, satisfies, and performs. The word all is repeated eight times in this Psalm. In verses 2-6, it is repeated four times and four times in verses 19-22. All is completely, entirely, wholly, totally, everything and every one. It is important to understand that the number eight in Hebrew numerology represents the Kingdom of G-d, redemption, and newness or renewal.[1] Nothing is excluded. Since nothing is excluded, it would include belongings, possessions, effects, objects, obsessions, ideas, issues, factors, detail, events, incidents, occurrences, phenomena, matters, affairs and businesses. David underscores the attributes in verses 8-10 that the LORD is compassionate, gracious and abounds in mercy not dealing with us in our human fragilities. The infiniteness of the LORD is expressed in verses 11-13. Imagine how far the heavens are above the earth. Imagine how far the east is from the west. Imagine the compassion of a father for his children. This is the immeasurable depth of the LORD in regards to those that reverence Him and how He regards our offenses. His mercy never ends. In verse 14-16, the omniscience of the LORD is expressed. Man is totally insufficient and unable to sustain life without Him.

The LORD is sovereign and in control of all things; however, mankind has a role. It is free will. Just as the angels in verse 20 performs His word, it His desire that man serve Him by adhering to His word. Serving Him is doing His will. It is not about individualistic desires. It is about a willingness and submission to His word that one finds the greatest pleasures in life. This is the place where you personally find the joy of the LORD from everlasting to everlasting. He is the only one that satisfies. Newness and renewal comes with serving and blessing the LORD.

Confidence is blessing the LORD!

[1] Accessed 11/27/16.