Psalm 103:1-5 – “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name. 2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits; 3 Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; 4 Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; 5 Who satisfies your years with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle.” NASU
Some time back I went to the doctor for a regular check-up and we identified a condition that was troubling but not life threatening. The doctor wrote me a prescription and said, “Take these three times a day and call me in a week.” This is a biblical prescription for life and while I never offer formulas I do believe that praying this aloud three times a day would be beneficial and might just be miraculous. It certainly won’t hurt you and it is a short passage that you can commit to memory. Let’s walk through it from start to finish.
- BLESS THE LORD with You Entire Being, Focusing on Him, and His Holiness.
This is a command to the inner man, the mind, will, and emotions to begin the act of Blessing or Praising God. The right place to begin is God, His Name, and His Holiness just as it is in the prayer of Matthew 6. In Matthew 6 Jesus responded to the disciples request to ‘Teach us to pray’ giving them a pattern in which He began, “Our Father Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name.” We are told that we enter the Gates of God with Thanksgiving and His Courts with Praise. Praise conditions the heart to receive the directive as well as the mercies of God. Praise is a prelude to Worship and when we begin praising God we should never get in a hurry. It is not rush to the petition portion but drinking in His Presence, Person, and Power. Let His Love permeate your being.
- BLESS THE LORD, forgetting none of His benefits.
The Psalmist then enumerates some of those benefits. Taking them one at a time will ignite a fire inside your being that will likely result in uplifted hands, tears of joy, and a deep sense of gratitude.
- He Pardons ALL your iniquities. Not some but ALL. This is not a little mercy it is total.
- He Heals ALL your diseases. Few expect this to be a literal reality but what did He say?
- He Redeems Your Life from the Pit. We all needed and need redemption. No more Pit.
- He Crowns You with Lovingkindness and Compassion. God is not mad at you and His mercy endures forever.
- He Satisfies Your Years with Good Things. God has a plan for you and it is for good not evil and for hope, not sorrow.
All this produces an incredible condition in our lives. Our Youth or Strength is renewed like the molting eagle. We get a new lease on life. We are able to mount up with fresh wings and soar above the turmoil below. We are able to climb to the pinnacle of life’s mountain refreshed in the Lord. We are able to enjoy God’s Pardon, Heath, Deliverance, Redemption, His Love, and Mercy in a state of continual renewal. THAT IS ENOUGH TO SHOUT ABOUT!
May the Lord Bless you as you embark on today’s leg of life’s journey in Jesus!