A Psalm of David.
1 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 not all his benefits: 3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; 4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; 5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 6 The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. 7 He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel. 8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. 9 He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. 10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. 11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. 12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. 13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. 14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. 15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. 16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. 17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children; 18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them. 19 The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all. 20 Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. 21 Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure. 22 Bless the Lord, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the Lord, O my soul.
Why is the Psalmist blessing the Lord in this Psalm? This beautiful song is filled with encouragement! As I read on, I see the list of blessings which the Lord has given to him. Each of these blessings applies to me as well. I thought it would make a great check list for my readers. I’ve listed the blessings below – just write down your own thoughts next to each one and how the benefit applies to you personally.
- Forgave my iniquities
- Healed my diseases
- Redeemed my life
- Crowned me with lovingkindness and tender mercies
- Satisfied my mouth with good things
- Executes righteousness and judgment
- Is merciful and gracious
- Is slow to anger
- Is plenteous in mercy
- He won’t stay angry forever
- He has not dealt with me according to my sins
- He has not rewarded me according to my sins
- His mercy toward me is as high as Heaven
- He has removed my sins from me as far as the east is from the west
- He pities me
- His mercy is everlasting
- He has prepared His throne in Heaven and His kingdom rules over all
Is it any wonder that the Psalmist is blessing the Lord? He started the Psalm blessing the Lord and ends it in the same manner! Should I not be doing exactly the same thing after reading all these blessings and how they are applied to me personally? Bless the Lord, oh my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name!