“Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits; who pardons all your iniquities; who heals all your diseases; who redeems your life from the pit; who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; who satisfies your years with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle…The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness…For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him. For He himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust…But the lovingkindness of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep His covenant, and who remember His precepts to do them…Bless the LORD, O my soul!” ~ Psalm 103:1-5, 8, 11-14, 17-18, 22b
Psalm 103 was written by David, and it is full of amazing and beautiful glimpses of God’s nature, of His very character. You can read this Psalm in its entirety here.
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and don’t forget what He has done for you: forgiven my sins, healed my sickness, saved me from eternal death, heaped lovingkindness and compassion upon me, blessed me with good things, given me His strength like an eagle.
“The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness”. What more can we say? Thank you, God!
His lovingkindness (goodness, kindness, faithfulness, mercy) is beyond measure, as high as the heavens, toward those who reverence and acknowledge Him as God.
North will eventually become south; once you cross over the north pole, you are going to be headed south. However, east will never become west. You can head east forever. That is how far away God takes our sins once we are forgiven ~ forever far away.
God loves His children the same way we love our own children ~ with great mercy and compassion and tenderness. He knows how fragile we are and how much we can handle ~ He is the designer of all creation and understands completely how we are “wired”.
In the margin of my Bible, next to verses 17-18, I wrote many years ago, “I claim this for my family”. What a promise God has made to us here ~ for those who fear and reverence Him as God, for those who keep His covenant and obey and follow Him: His lovingkindness is everlasting, and His righteousness to children’s children, to the grandchildren!
After peeking into God’s goodness in this Psalm, how can you not end with “Bless the LORD, O my soul!”, as David did? And, thank you, God! 🙂