Read: Psalm 103
Listen to: 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) – Matt Redman
David praises the character and actions of God in this beautiful Psalm. He recounts what God has done for him personally and speaks to what He has done for all humanity. God is recognized for forgiving our sins – not repaying us for what we have deserved, but forgiving us for those transgressions. Nothing that we do is too deep or too wide for God’s love to redeem. It says as far as the east is from the west, He has removed those transgressions. (v.12) This redemption – the pulling up from the deepest of pits and the insurmountable debt paid – all stems from His loving kindness towards us. David notes that as high as the heavens are above the earth, that is how great His love is towards us. He even goes so far as to say it is from everlasting to everlasting – that it carries on from generation to generation. (v. 17). He shows us patience, mercy, and compassion as a Father who deeply loves His children. He fights for justice for those who are oppressed, and He desires to satisfy us with the best for our souls.
In reflecting on this, I, like David, can’t help but say – “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!” (v.1)
Smile in a Cup: “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.” (v.8)
To Journal About: Find a place where you really connect with the Lord (outside, in a coffee shop, tucked in your favorite cozy chair, in your car, at your desk, or wherever He meets you) and spend time journaling – blessing the Lord for all He has done for you. Name specific things that are evidence of His love and presence in your life. May you not “forget all his benefits” (v.2)