Karrilee is a wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. She is a writer, reader, pray-er, photographer, beach lover, laugh seeker…serving God to the best of her ability. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and nearly grown girlie. She is passionate about diving in deeper with the Lord and inviting others to discover His love for them. Her life message is…Speak Life. Be Love. Shine On. Karrilee loves to share her heart and what the Lord is speaking to her over at Abiding Love, Abounding Grace.
Take some time to read Psalm 103.
I have a hard time picking favorites! It really doesn’t matter what we are talking about. It is rare if I can answer any kind of “What’s your favorite…” question at all. Normally, I give a Top Five (or Top Ten… you get the idea). But when I was asked to pick a Psalm between 100 and anything else…Psalm 103 wins, hands down. Every. Single. Time.
Oh sure – there
are other great Psalms, but this one? This one captured my heart years
ago! Let’s look at in full, because – well… how can you I pick a favorite verse, right? (It’s like you get me already!)
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits; who pardons all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases; who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; who satisfies your years with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle.
The Lord performs righteous deeds and judgments for all who are oppressed. He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the sons of Israel. The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness. He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him.
As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him. For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust. As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. When the wind has passed over it, it is no more, and its place acknowledges it no longer. But the lovingkindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children, To those who keep His covenant and remember His precepts to do them.”
The Lord has established His throne in the heavens,
and His sovereignty rules over all.
Bless the Lord, you His angels,
mighty in strength, who perform His word,
obeying the voice of His word!
Bless the Lord, all you His hosts,
you who serve Him, doing His will.
Bless the Lord, all you works of His, in all places of His dominion;
bless the Lord, O my soul!” –Psalm 103
I mean, gah!? So good, right?
Let’s just break it down a little. We will focus on just the beginning, but I beg you to press in and read the rest slowly, once again…it’s breathtaking!
Just these first few verses will cause you to catch your breath and bless the Lord! Verses 1-5 are incredibly good…packed to the brim with Good News!
From the very start, a now older King David has learned the value of reminding himself – of telling his soul – what to do! To bless, to affectionately, gratefully praise the Lord from his deepest parts. Sometimes this comes easily. Some seasons are full of goodness and sunshine and blessing the Lord spills out of the overflow of a grateful heart. But some seasons? There are some seasons where we are going to have to tell our souls to do it anyway!
And what is the best way to remind ourselves that He is worthy of praise? It’s to remind ourselves of all His benefits! To testify of how good He is – how good He has been, and how good He promises to be still!
“Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases…”
In The Message it reads like this:
“He forgives your sins—every one.
He heals your diseases—every one.”
“All” is good, my friends! “Every one” brings hope and healing as soon as you begin to declare it! Speak it by faith, say it out loud and feel it begin to sink in deep…know that it is true!
I love in the Amplified Bible how it expands verse 4 to show that the Lord is He “Who redeems your life from the pit and corruption, Who beautifies, dignifies, and crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercy…” (Yes, please!).
Lastly, verse 5 in The Message reads like this,
“He wraps you in goodness—beauty eternal.
He renews your youth—you’re always young in his presence.”
Who doesn’t want that?
Personally, I think I love this Psalm so much because it is so full of promises.
No matter what I am facing, this Psalm reminds my soul that my God has taken care of it! Whatever comes our way…whatever this life may throw at us…when we remind our souls to bless the Lord, our perspective changes, our hope arises, and we remember that He is good!
I also love this Psalm so much because my Honey put its words to music and we walk around singing it often in this house! Here is a little sampling… an acoustic version of my Honey and one of his amazingly talented sisters, singing a little Psalm 103.
Turn it up and enter in!
Tell your soul to bless His holy name with us!
1. Reread Psalm 103 and choose a verse (or five) to write down. Turn them into a piece of art if you like or write them on a 3×5 card and put them on your mirror or by the sink. May the truth found here continue to wash over you throughout the day.
2. It can be challenging to bless the Lord in the hard seasons. If you are walking through a hard season right now, talk to God about it and take a few minutes to bless Him even when it hurts. I pray His Spirit uplifts yours as you offer up praise to Jesus.
3. For further study visit the Digging Into His Word tab and try the bible study exercise found there on this Psalm.