READ : Psalm 103
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me. (v. 1)
In this beloved hymn of praise, David exhorts us to “Bless the Lord!” His very soul is aroused to sound the praises of God. All God’s creation, including angels in the celestial realm, are invited to join in the chorus (vv. 20-22).
This psalm speaks of a living, active God. He forgives. He heals both body and soul. He redeems our lives from destruction and crowns us with his love. He is merciful, gracious and slow to anger. Perhaps most importantly, God has revealed himself to us that we might know him better (v. 7). In expounding the truths of God’s character, we are reminded all the more how not like God we are and therefore how great is his mercy toward us. As David writes, each thought seems to build in a crescendo, until finally the climax is reached: Bless the Lord, everyone and every thing! (v. 20). All who walk upon the earth and all who travel throughout the heavenlies simply must cry out with praise, “Bless the Lord!”
At the very end David returns to his opening words, “Bless the Lord, O my soul.” The Psalm has come full circle. It doesn’t leave the praise out there, high and distant. Praise must be personal, from the depths of our soul.
With heartfelt gratitude, I bless you, Lord!