Forget not His Benefits
Lord, because of Your goodness, my youth is renewed like the eagle. I will safely rest in You.
Read Psalm 103:1-22
Of David. Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.  Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits-  who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,  who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,  who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.  The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.  He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel:  The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.  He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever;  he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.  For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for 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 has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;  for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.  The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field;  the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.  But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children-  with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.  The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.  Praise the LORD, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word.  Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will.  Praise the LORD, all his works everywhere in his dominion. Praise the LORD, my soul. Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
ReflectWhat promises are contained in this Psalm?
That this psalm has been a reassuring comfort to so many is evidenced by the number of hymns and songs which draw upon its words. Examples include Henry Lyte’s “Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven,” Joachim Neander’s “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” and, more loosely, “Shout for Joy and Sing” by David Fellingham, a song which addresses God as our creator, deliverer, redeemer, healer, provider, shepherd and guide, Lord and King. From personal experience the writer understands the height, width, breadth and length of God’s unfailing mercy towards human beings in their frailty and fallen condition. Even angels and archangels, who have no need of God’s forgiveness, are called upon to join in praise of the Lord (20-22). Not only is this a beautiful and tender psalm, but after recent reflections about the hard-heartedness of the audience Jeremiah sought to address, I am left thinking “If only…” If only their stony hearts and callous minds had opened up to God’s overtures of love, how different their history would have been.
Write a list of the Lord’s benefits. Begin with those mentioned in the Psalm and include personal reflections.
Lord, I exalt Your Name. I will speak of Your goodness and Your love. I will never let Your praise leave my lips.
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