Praise the Lord, My Soul
Read Psalm 103:1–12
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.
In this psalm, David speaks to his own soul, reminding himself what’s true of God. We need this sometimes. We need to remind ourselves of what we already know because we are so forgetful in our fear, brokenness, or discouragement. We can lose perspective and allow ourselves to believe we aren’t loved, or forgiven, or valuable, or redeemable. This is a good psalm to adopt as our own in those times.
- Throughout this week as we have been studying passages of Scripture about forgiveness, what have you noticed God illuminating or prompting in you? Spend some time reflecting on this question, remembering you are in God’s loving presence.
God, I praise You and I thank You for all You are and all You’ve done. Thank You for the gift of forgiveness and that I have the opportunity to forgive others. I pray my forgiveness of others glorifies You and demonstrates the existence of Your kingdom here on earth now. May it be so.