Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And all that is within me [with all my might, with all my heart], bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits. [remember His past goodness, His daily mercies, His unfailing faithfulness, His unending and constant graces, remember all His promises, remember every single blessing that He has bestowed upon us.]
It is the Lord who forgives all your iniquities and heals all your diseases. [He has forgiven every single sin we have committed from birth, The blood of Jesus washes us clean every single day as we confess our sins to God. He has healed all our diseases. While reading this, I honestly wondered, —“I still have physical parts of me that need His healing, He has not healed all my diseases.” How easy and human it is, to look at our current circumstances and say, ‘the Bible lies or God is punishing me.’
But there is no lie that God speaks, and there is no child He hates. Suffering does not mean that He is punishing us. Jesus suffered greatly, yet He was His beloved son. He truly has healed all our diseases. Paul wrote in his letter to the Philippians, (the first chapter), while in chains for the sake of the gospel,
19. For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20. according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. 21. For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22. But if I live on in my flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. 23. For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.
So to live or to die, as a child of God, is eternal life. Therefore, the pain, the diseases, the hardships experienced here on earth, are all temporary. In truth, He has healed all our diseases.]
The Lord redeems your life from destruction, He crowns you with His loving kindness and tender mercies.
He satisfies your mouth with good things [He fills our souls with the things that last forever, with joy, with peace and with His rest. He fills us with that which no man can give or take], so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. [This reminds me of the verse in the book of Isaiah 40,
28. Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints or is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. 29. He gives power to the weak, and those who have no might He increases strength. 30. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, But those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles. They shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
The Lord executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. [This week I have been thinking about Hagar in the Bible. Hagar fled from Abraham’s household into the wilderness after Sarah’s harsh treatment toward her. She was pregnant, alone, and in the wilderness with no food or shelter. Most likely she wondered, “does anyone even care about me?”
But God saw her. He saw the injustice done to her, He saw her pain. He told her to return and submit to her mistress(Sarah), and He made her a promise –that He would multiply her descendants exceedingly. She in turn named the Lord, El Roi, meaning, “You are the God who sees me.” I love that. Just like Hagar, it is easy to wonder, “all the suffering and pain in the world, does God see? All the injustice in the world, does God see? Approximately 7.6 billion people in the world today, does God see me? Yes.
The Lord has made known His ways to Moses, and His acts to the children of Israel. [He has made known to us all His ways in these present times as well, both to the gentiles and to the Jews. His salvation has He announced to all of us; Jesus Christ Our Redeemer.]
He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever.
He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities. [Knowing this too well, I think, “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved the wreckage I was.”]
For as the heavens are high above the earth, So is His great mercy toward those who fear Him; [underline great.His eyes are always upon us.]
As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. [If you could find the west as you travel east; and if you could find east as you travel west. That is how far He has removed our sins from us.]
As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him.
For He knows our frame, He knows that we are dust.
As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. [Yesterday somebody told me, there are days people used to place fresh flowers in their houses, churches and schools everyday but within three days, they had withered away. And when artificial flowers were introduced, most people replaced the fresh garden flowers with them. But the reality never changed. The real flowers are the ones which show us our true form.]
But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children. [He knows all those who revere Him and He remains faithful to them even after they have departed from their earthly bodies.]
To such as keep His covenant, and to those who remember His commandment to do them. [Underline keep, remember, and do.]
The Lord has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all.
Bless the Lord, you His angels, who excel in strength, who do His word, heeding the voice of His word.
Bless the Lord, all you His hosts, you ministers of His, who do His pleasure.
Bless the Lord, all His works, in all places of His dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul!
Psalm 103, A Psalm of David, (with my own added meditations)