Bless the Lord, O my Soul

Psalm 103:1-4

Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

David understood that true worship was something deeply inward, of the soul. It is not just about outward forms or expressions, but also about something real from the soul.

The book of Psalm tells us that “Don’t forget what God has done.” It is easier for an over-stressed person of the 21st century and more during the COVID-19 pandemic to forget about God. The book of Psalms reminds us of the everyday benefits God gave us forgiveness, healing, saving from sins. It speaks and tells us of the inclusive nature of the Lord’s steadfast love which works justice for all who are oppressed.

This Psalm of David is a praise beyond comparison. It lightens my heart to the extent that I must stop my writing and take out time to praise the LORD with all that is within me as well. Even as I type these words of praise, there is an overwhelming presence of the LORD. My heart is singing within at praise of the Lord. Jesus Christ gave His body on the cross to give us a new everlasting life in Him. One of the most loving and wonderful things He has done, is making the earth and all that it contains for a dwelling place for mankind. God gives efficacy to medicine for the body, and his grace sanctifies the soul. Spiritually we are daily under his care, and he visits us, as the doctor does to his patient; healing each problem irrespective how severe we think as it arises. 

He loves the Creator intellectually, emotionally, and practically. There is some parallel in sentiment with the admonition to love God with the totality of one’s being — heart, soul, mind, and strength.

Have you ever been through a dark cloud of life, wherein your heart was wrenched with agony? Finally, then, arriving at shore a solution, you find yourself so overwhelmed with thanksgiving and joy that you virtually weep for the lack of ability to adequately thank God? So, love your Creator intellectually, emotionally, and practically with the totality of one’s being from heart, soul, mind, and strength.

In today’s world, many are keenly conscious of those “benefits” associated with their employment. What sort of insurance do I have? What is my retirement package, etc.? How frequently do we contemplate, though, the “benefits” of our loving Father? Our God Jesus Christ.

Almighty God, through Christ, will forgive all past sins, for the one who submits to the will of his Son in obedience. Pardon does hinge upon yielding to the terms of the divine plan of salvation.

God is to be served with the best we have; as with the best of our substance, so with the best of our persons; and it is the heart, and soul, which he requires to be given Him; and such service as is performed with the soul or spirit is most agreeable to him; being a Spirit, and therefore must be worshipped in spirit and in truth. Amen…

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