Bless The Lord O My Soul


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Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son
Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son
And now let the weak say, “I am strong”
Let the poor say, “I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us”
And now let the weak say, “I am strong”
Let the poor say, “I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us”
Give thanks with a grateful heart (with a grateful heart)
Give thanks to the Holy One (to the Holy One)
Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son
Give thanks with a grateful heart (with a grateful heart)
Give thanks to the Holy One (to the Holy One)
Give…

“Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us make a joyful noise to the Rock of our salvation!
Let us come into His presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise!
For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
In His hands are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are His also.
The sea is His, for He made it,
and His hands formed the dry land.
Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker this morning.”

(Psalm 19:1-6)
Bless the Lord, O My Soul – Psalm 103
Textual Source: Ps 103: 1-5
Introduction
Everyone on earth is indebted to the Almighty God, irrespective of our many needs that are yet to be met, we must still remember that the Breath Of Life we have is not a function of our power. If we can think deeply within us, and look at all that is happening around us, we will give ceaseless praise to God. The reason why some people do not think they should thank God is because they are looking at those things they do not yet have, but they forget to look at those things they have right now. Some would even say they have nothing. Such people are unmindful of the fact that it is with life that things are produced, and when you have life you have all things.

1. Praise the Lord and count your blessings (vv. 1-2)
It is a prayer of nothing but praise to God. There is no supplication, no request, no petition or plea in this prayer. It is pure unadulterated praise to God. David was awestruck with God’s blessings. We are not told the circumstances in which David received this Psalm, but it is not difficult to imagine how it happened. Looking at his life, counting his blessings instead of complaining about his burdens, it dawned upon David just how much God had done for him. He realized how good God had been and how undeserving he was of all these blessings. Springing up from the depths of his heart and gushing out onto his parchment came this prayer of praise, this benediction expressing his gratitude toward the Lord.
Psalm 34: 1-2 (Concerning David, when he pretended to be insane in the presence of Abimelech, who drove him out, and he departed.) “I will praise the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips. I will boast in the Lord; the humble will hear and be glad. Proclaim with me the Lord’s greatness; let us exalt His name together.”

Psalm 66:1-4: “Shout joyfully to God, all the earth! Sing the glory of His name; make His praise glorious. Say to God, ‘How awe-inspiring are Your works! Your enemies will cringe before you because of your great strength. All the earth will worship You and sing praise to You. They will sing praise to Your name.'”

Psalm 81, Psalms 92, and many, many others are songs of praise to the Lord.
David was serious about praising the Lord. It wasn’t something he only did at the temple during religious ceremonies. It was part of his everyday experience. He was grateful to the Lord and he could not help but praise him.

2. Life in relationship with God is whole and healthy (v. 3)
Look at verse 3. 3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
One of the names of the devil is the accuser of the brethren. In Job we see him going before God to accuse Job. We have every reason to believe that he goes before God even now to accuse us. He says, “Look at what he said. Look at what she did. These people of yours are sinners. How can they say they really love you and continue to act like they do?” He does not have to lie about us when he comes before the Lord, for God would not permit it. No, there are enough faults in all of our lives that he simply has to point out the obvious.
The Bible calls him the adversary, the enemy. But we also have an Advocate. We have one who goes to the Father on our behalf. We have Jesus Christ the righteous. When the old devil accuses us, our Advocate, Jesus, raises His nail-pierced hand and says, “Just a minute. We see no stain of sin on that one or on that one or on that one, because they are mine. I have bought them with a price and their sins, though they were like scarlet, have been washed white as snow. They belong to me.

As David writes under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit he understands that God forgives our sins. But he also sees believers as people who have been made whole because of their relationship with God.
Verse 3b – who heals all your diseases – remember that he is addressing his soul. So what kind of healing is he speaking of here?

Many take this to mean physical healing. I affirm that God heals physically. While healing is a sermon in itself, suffice to say that God is the great physician to whom we can take all of our physical needs and petitions. He made us and has the power to save us.
James 5:14-15: “Is anyone among you sick? He should call for the elders of the church, and they should pray over him after anointing him with olive oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.”
But physical healing is not the kind spoken of here. If we are to do justice to the interpretation of this passage, we cannot simply assign to it any meaning we would like. We must understand it in its proper grammatical context. He is talking to his soul, telling it that God heals all the diseases of the soul, sin being chief among them. Does the soul have diseases? Indeed it does. Fear, doubt, depression, anger, lust, hate jealousy, pride, greed . . . the list goes on and on. These soul diseases can all be traced back to our fallen nature and the effects of sin. But God can give permanent healing to the soul.
Psalm 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

3. Life in relationship with God is meaningful (vv. 4-5)
Look at verse 4. Because He forgives our sins, because He gives us relationship, because He heals our souls diseases, then we see that life is meaningful.
This verse can be rendered, “He keeps your life from going to waste.”
How many people waste the years of their lives on things that, in the long run, really don’t count? They spend their days in pursuit of the temporal passing things, and wake up one day, empty, tired and feeling like there is no use going on. In fact, they end up feeling betrayed because the things they worked so hard to obtain failed to bring them the satisfaction for which they longed.

The world does not offer any hope for meaningful living. Money, material, power, position, things, won’t do it.

God gives His people purpose in living. He gives us meaning. He keeps our lives from going to waste. Our lives are lived with eternal purpose. This is one of the benefits of knowing God, our lives count; they are not lived in vain. They have eternal significance. This is one of the things David is praising the Lord for.

Verse 5: He satisfies your mouth
He gives us satisfaction in our old age. Remember he is speaking to his soul, he is saying that one of the benefits of being God’s people is that when we are old we will not have to look back upon our lives with regret. Regardless of your age, or of how many years you have walked upon the earth, God will give you satisfaction.

Here are six practical suggestions to consider as you praise the Lord.
1. Be aware – Forget not his benefits.
2. Be honest – Don’t be a phony. Don’t put on an act. Phony Christians turn people off.
3. Be grateful – There is nothing that encourages praise like gratitude. Have a thankful heart.
4. Be vocal – Tell someone. Sing His praises. Bless someone with a testimony.
5. Be natural – Praise God in a way that is natural for you.
6. Be consistent – Make it part of your everyday experience.

How about you? Are you living a life in relationship with God? If so, you cannot help but praise Him. This is the same passion David possessed.

How do you praise God? With your life. But we must be careful not to fall into the rut the Israelites fell into – saying one thing and doing another.
Isaiah 29:13 “The Lord said: Because these people approach Me with their mouths to honour Me with lip-service – yet their hearts are far from Me, and their worship consists of man-made rules learned by rote.”

David said I will praise God with all that is within me. That means, praise Him with my attitudes, my actions, my family, my finances, my words and my work, my religion and my relationships, my voice and my vocation, my church and my children, my hobbies and my habits, I will praise Him not only in word but also in deed. I will praise Him with everything that is within me.

When was the last time you stopped to consider all His benefits? Do you enjoy those benefits? Have you ever experienced forgiveness? Are you living a meaningful life, a satisfied life? Does your soul have diseases that need to be healed? Are you living with an eternal purpose? I pray the Lord gives us the grace to praise Him more and more in Jesus name. Amen!

Prayer:
1. Thank God for a new day and for the salvation of your soul
2. Let us bless the name of the Lord. Truly; it has been of the LORD’S mercies that we were not consumed, because his compassions that has not failed us. Lam 3:22 Psalms 34:1
3. Father; we thank you for your love and faithfulness towards our lives and the church of God.
4. Lord give me the heart of praising you at all times.

Amen in Jesus name.

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