"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 forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, 5 who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. 6 The Lord works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.
7 He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel. 8 The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. 9 He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever.
10 He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. 11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; 12 as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. 13 As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. 14 For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust. 15 As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; 16 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. 17 But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children's children, 18 to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments. 19 The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,
and his kingdom rules over all. 20 Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word! 21 Bless the Lord, all his hosts, his ministers, who do his will! 22 Bless the Lord, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the Lord, O my soul!"
vs. 1 - bless - "to kneel, to bless God as an act of adoration, to praise, to celebrate"
vs. 2 - forget - "to mislay, be oblivious of from want of memory or attention"
vs. 3 - forgives - "to pardon, to spare, to forgive"
vs. 3 - heals - "to mend, to cure, to repair, to make whole, to sew together"
vs. 4 - redeems - "to buy back, to require the penalty of bloodshed"
vs. 4 - crowns - "to encircle for protection, to surround with a crown"
vs. 5 - satisfies - "to have enough, to have plenty of, to fill, to fill to satisfaction"
vs. 5 - good - "beautiful, best, bountiful, better, pleasant"
vs. 8 - merciful - "compassionate, full of compassion"
vs. 8 - gracious - "kind, merciful"
vs. 8 - slow to anger - "patient"
vs. 11 - great - "to be strong, to prevail, to strengthen, to bind up anything broken, to make strong"
vs. 11 - steadfast - "zeal toward anyone, constant or abiding favor"
vs. 11 - fear - "revere"
vs. 13 - compassion - "to behold with tenderest affection, to cherish, to love, to obtain mercy"
vs. 14 - "knows - "to see, to perceive, to be aware of, to understand, to see with the eyes, to turn the mind to, to care for"
vs. 14 - frame - "purpose"
vs. 17 - everlasting to everlasting - "eternity, the vanishing point, eternal continuous, time out of mind, perpetual, without end"
vs. 18 - remember "bring to mind, to be mindful of, to recollect, to contemplate things called back to memory"
vs. 19 - established - "to set up, to prepare, to make provision, to create and maintain, to apply one's mind to do something"
What does this reveal about God's character?
God is merciful and loving. He has not forsaken us, but longs to be remembered and acknowledged by His creation. He is good and He is the giver of all good things. He has an intimate knowledge of us and shows mercy and patience toward us. He is eternal.
1) Have I forgotten God, whether purposefully or inadvertently?
2) Do I believe God has good things for me?
3) Do I praise God, for who He is and what He has done?
4) Do I trust that the Lord is merciful and patient with me? Or do I tend to be afraid of Him and walk on eggshells, thinking He is unkind or unjust or angry?
5) Do I remember God's commands? If not, what can I do to bring to mind His greatness? (Helpful Tip: start a notebook listing all the ways God has answered prayers or small ways that you have seen His greatness and faithfulness. Read through it when you are struggling with doubt, fear or anxiety).
Father, thank you for your Word. Thank you for your salvation. Thank you for your healing and provision. Thank you for not being angry or disappointed when I fail. Please continue to show me mercy and patience. I praise you for who you are and what you have done in my life. And, I command my soul to praise you all the days of my life. When I forget or don't acknowledge your providence and provision in my life, gently remind me of your faithfulness. Help me to never forget your benefits or take you for granted. In Jesus' name, Amen!