Praise the Lord-Psalm 103:1-5

Psalm 103:1-5 “Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. 2 Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits —  3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, 5 who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

Salmo 103:1-5 «Benedici, anima mia, il Signore; e tutto quello che è in me, benedica il suo santo nome. 2 Benedici, anima mia, il Signoree non dimenticare nessuno dei suoi benefici. 3 Egli perdona tutte le tue colpe, risana tutte le tue infermità; 4 salva la tua vita dalla fossa, ti corona di bontà e compassioni; 5 egli sazia di beni la tua esistenza e ti fa ringiovanire come l’aquila.»

     Psalm 102 (previous chapter) is a cry from David for God to hear and answer his prayer. Psalm 103 seems to be a soothing answer to his troubled heart. Notice the opening of verses 1 and 2: “Praise the Lord”. David is instructing himself to give praise to the Lord with all that he has; in other words, with his whole heart. Praise must be genuine and sincere in order for us to understand God’s benefits. 

     The benefits that come to David’s mind when he praises the Lord with all his heart are brought to the surface in words of gratitude that we should never forget. First, without question, the forgiveness of sin is paramount in the list of benefits. Second, the healing of sickness and disease are benefits of a heart of praise. Third, deliverance from the pit (another way of saying death) and replaced with a crown because of God’s love and compassion. The idea is repeated in verses 8, 11 and 17. Finally, He satisfies us with the good things God has prepared. The original language reads “who satisfies the good”. This is where we come to understand that our desires are in line with His: “Praise the Lord, O my soul;”

Pray with me: Lord, when I praise You from my heart, the thoughts of Your blessings pour out from my spirit. Help me to never forget these benefits and many others that You pour into my life: “Praise the Lord!”



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