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Psalm 103 – Bless the Lord!

Psalm 103

Thanksgiving for God’s Goodness

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 do not forget 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 as long as you live

so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

6    The Lord works vindication

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 accuse,

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 the heavens are high 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 he removes our transgressions from us.

13  As a father has compassion for his children,

so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him.

14  For he knows how we were made;

he remembers that we are dust.

15  As for mortals, their days are like grass;

they flourish 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 bidding,

obedient to his spoken word.

21  Bless the Lord, all his hosts,

his ministers that do his will.

22  Bless the Lord, all his works,

in all places of his dominion.

Bless the Lord, O my soul. [1]

 

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What does it mean to “Bless the Lord”?
  2. What does Psalm 103 mean to you?

 

Prayer:  Lord, I pause today to give you praise.  I bless you, Lord, because you have provided me with a lifetime of benefits.  It is you who promises to forgive my sins.  It is you who heals my iniquities.  It is you who has promised to redeem my soul from the pit of hell and eternal damnation.  So, for this and so much more, I will bless your holy name.  Lord, you are merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.  I pause today to give you praise.  In Jesus name I pray.  Amen.

 

Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Ps 103). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Every day Will I bless Thee!

“Every Day will I bless thee…Psalm 145:2

With every waking day I think God. I think the Lord for life. I thank the Lord for strength. I thank the Lord for the significant relationships in my life. I thank the Lord for every friendship. I thank the Lord for every challenge, every obstacle, every painful and hurtful moment. And happy times and sad times I see the hand of the Lord and everything and it is his strength that strengthens me.

Written by Rev Dr. Nick Hood3

Questions for Reflection:

1.     What does it mean to “Bless the Lord?”

2.    What does Psalm 145 mean to you?

Prayer:  Lord, I bless your Holy name!  When I think of your grace and mercy, your faith and love, I say thank you.  I thank you for being with me at my best,  I thank you for standing with me when I have been at my worst.  You are my inspiration.  You are my hope, joy, and confidence.  In Jesus name.  Amen.

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Additional Prayers Photos and Meditations from Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III at https://nicholashoodiiiministries.wordpress.com/

 

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