«Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!» (Psalm 103:1).
PSALM 103 is of unequaled beauty. Written by David, inspired by his close relationship with God, it manifests the most beautiful sentiments of praise and thankfulness of the psalmist in spite of having a life filled with distress and heartache.
In some versions, Psalm 103 has the title «Praise for the Lord’s Mercies.» That is what I want us to do this morning: analyze four of those blessings that the Lord gives us and for which we should praise Him. The objective is for us to learn to praise Him for all that He gives us—and of which we are not even conscious at times.
The first reason to bless God is because He «forgives all your iniquities» (verse 3). This is much to the contrary of what we human beings do. «1 have already forgiven you for the same thing many times, a wife announced to her husband the day she decided to separate from him. It is terrible to think that even Christian women get tired of forgiving. Have you ever stopped to think that God never gets tired of forgiving you?
The second reason is because He «heals all your diseases» (verse 3), the physical as well as the emotional and the spiritual. A church member prayed for four years to be able to forgive another who had hurt her at work, and finally, God changed all that much bitterness into love and respect toward her tormentor.
A third reason to bless Him is because He «redeems your life from the pit» (verse 4, NIV), and there are pits that are truly deep—so deep that it seems impossible to be able to make a rescue. However, there is nothing impossible for God. Let us praise Him for that.
The fourth reason to bless Him is because He «satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s» (verse 5). As you know, we live in the age of rejuvenation. No one wants to look older, and in fact, people pay a lot of money and are willing to suffer quite a lot to look younger. However, God provides us at no cost a rejuvenation that is not external, but internal. He helps us to feel young inside by forgiving us, rescuing us, healing us, and satisfying all our needs.