Psalm 103 : Praise God for his goodness.

During the last years of his life, the King David wrote what we know today as the psalm 103. After having faced different difficult situations and diseasesinstead of making a decision to get angry or complain, David decided to remember all the mercies and kindnesses that God, the Father had ever had for him.

David's intention in writing this psalm is to motivate us so that we can learn from him this way of acting, apply it in our lives, show our gratitude to that being who created us and blesses us every day.

Let us study this psalm in great detail and learn how our praise and gratitude to our Heavenly Father should be.

Psalm 103 : Praise to God for his goodness 1

To begin with, let's see how it is written and what the psalm tells us:

PSALM 103

1 Bless the Lord, O my soul,

and bless my whole being with his holy name.

2 Bless the LORD, O my soul,

and do not forget any of its benefits.

3 He it is who forgives all your iniquities,

the one who heals all your ailments,

4 the one who rescues your life from the pit,

who crowns you with compassion and tender mercies,

5 the one who fulfills your desires with good,

so that your youth is renewed like the eagle.

6 Jehovah is the one who does justice

and trials for all the oppressed.

7 His ways made known to Moses,

and to the children of Israel, their works.

8 Merciful and gracious is Jehovah,

slow for the ira and great in mercy.

9 He will not contend forever,

nor forever keep anger.

10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins,

nor has he rewarded us according to our iniquities.

11 For as the height of the heavens above the earth,

so great is his mercy on those who fear him.

12 As far as the east is from the west,

thus did he put away our transgressions from us.

13 As a father pities his children,

the LORD has compassion on those who fear him,

14 because he knows our condition;

remembers that we are dust.

15 Man's days are like grass;

blooms like the flower of the field,

16 that the wind passes through it, and it perishes,

and her place knows her no more.

17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting.

on those who fear him,

and his righteousness upon children's children,

18 on those who keep their covenant

and those who remember His commandments to do them.

19 Jehovah established his throne in the heavens,

and his kingdom 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 ye his hosts,

his ministers, who do his will.

22 Bless the LORD, all ye his works,

in all the places of his dominion.

Bless the Lord, O my soul.

You can observe that the Psalm begins with two very powerful verses. The first thing David wants to convey is that we should not praise our Heavenly Father only with our mouth, or in other words from the lips outward. Rather, both our body and our spirit, that is, our soul in its fullness, should give itself completely in praise to God. David tells us loudly that true praise arises from the depths of our being and enlivens our spirit, our body and our mind.

When we praise God in a sincere and deep way we desire to become like him, to be like him and to shape our lives. He desires and calls us to be holy (1 Peter 1: 14-16).

Most people in the world tend to quickly forget what they have learned if they do not practice it frequently, and it seems even more so in spiritual matters. We live in a super accelerated world full of so many activities and distractions, that we tend to forget almost instantly what our heavenly father every day and every moment does or has done for each one of us; and without thinking twice we want and demand to be given more and more without just stopping for a moment every day and give thanks for the miracles received in the course of our life as it is the mere fact of waking up every morning and being able to breathe.

One example that we can recall, which is found in the old testament in the book of Exodus, is when the people of Israel is liberated from the Egyptians. In an incredible and miraculous way, every day God interceded for his people in such a visible way that at the moment the Israelite people felt protected, then as time went by new conflicts and difficulties arose in their path or among themselves and they lost their faith, forgetting all that their Eternal Father had done for them in previous circumstances and successively they lost confidence and did not believe that God could protect them and give them the success and victory they needed.

They forgot so quickly that they complained and murmured wanting to have the former life when they were slaves of the Egyptians, because they had not only forgotten the great miracles lived so visibly, but they had also forgotten that they had been tortured slaves.

Reading it this way, it surely crosses our mind that those people were ungrateful, but surely the same thing has happened to us at different times. It is for this very reason that we are constantly invited to read the scriptures and specifically on this occasion Psalm 103 tells us that we should be thankful and bless the name of God and we can remember all those wonderful things he has done for each one of us.

The author of the psalm proclaims:

"Bless the LORD, O my soul, and bless his holy name with my whole being. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not any of his benefits." 

We can say with certainty that there are millions and so many of them. blessings that we receive every day and that God has granted to his people, that the least we can do in the rest of our lives is to bless his name and remember all those good things he has granted us as a loving father who always remembers each one of us....

How does God improve my life?

King David of the Old Testament in the bibleThe "God of Love," provides us with a series of benefits and blessings that we can obtain by serving God with integrity and good purpose.

First and foremost, God, the only living and perfect being who can sorry all our sins and give us a deep and eternal joy in feeling that we are new creatures. He is the only one who heals us from all our sicknesses of the soul, through his son Jesus Christ he has shown us his infinite love by sending him to save us from eternal death, like a good and loving father he always has mercy on his children, slow to anger, with great patience trusting us every day giving us the opportunity to change, to be better and to progress.

Something important to remember that the author of the psalm says: "As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us". In other words, he is willing to protect us and keep evil away from us as long as we cling to him, remember him, and do his will in serving him.

Success is in the devotion and respect we have for Jehovah. The Psalmist says that Jehovah has compassion on those who fear him.

The fear spoken of here is not the natural fear we feel as humans, but refers to true love, respect and honor. Our Heavenly Father knows us perfectly and for that reason he trusts us because he knows our potential and is willing to forgive our mistakes, having mercy on us, blessing those who honor him and fulfill the covenants they make with him, by keeping the commandments and putting into practice in our lifestyle his teachings every day to never forget, as we learn in Psalm 103.

Why does God deserve our praise?

God is the King of the heavens, of the earth, of the universe and all the created worlds, as the psalmist says, the angels and hosts of heaven, all his creations including us must praise him every day and forever.

since our mind is short let us remember again:

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 ye his hosts,

his ministers, who do his will.

22 Bless the LORD, all ye his works,

in all the places of his dominion.

Bless the Lord, O my soul.

then the least we can do for all the kindnesses and mercies the Father has shown to us, is to praise and thank Him with all our soul, mind and strength. Let us do so and taste his rich blessings by being his faithful disciples.

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