David was a worshiper. He poured out his praise, love and thanksgiving to God in the Psalms. In Psalm 103 he reminds himself to bless the Lord. Sometimes we need to be reminded that God is worthy of praise no matter what is going on in our lives. David stirs up his soul to praise by recounting the many truths of who God is and what He has done. As you reflect on this psalm, let your soul join in the chorus of praise to our God who is worthy.
Bless the Lord! We are Saved.
Read Psalm 103:1-5; Hebrews 13:15; Mark 12:30
David begins this psalm by commanding his own soul to bless1 God. It is a conscious decision. Blessing and adoring God is not merely the result of our feelings. How does Hebrews 13:15 refer to our praise of God? How does Mark 12:30 tell us we are to love God? As David begins to recall the reasons he should bless God, he lists many of the things God has done for him. What is included in that list of benefits? What would you add to that list?
1barak – to kneel; by implication to bless God (as an act of adoration)
Bless the Lord! We are His Children.
Read Psalm 103:6-19; 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
As David continues, he lists many of the characteristics of God that are so deserving of worship. Among these, in verse 13, his loving compassion is likened to that of a father. Many times Jesus referred to God as our Father. What do you think of as the things a good father provides for his children? How has God provided those things to you?
Read Psalm 103:8; Exodus 34:6-7; Numbers 14:18; Joel 2:13; Jonah 4:2; Ephesians 2:4-7
In verse 8 David makes an incredible proclamation about God. It is the same truth declared by God about Himself to Moses and echoed throughout the Old Testament. What parallels to this truth do we also find in Ephesians 2:4-7, and how did they find expression through Christ?
Bless the Lord! We can Praise Him.
Read Psalm 103:20-22; Revelation 4:8-11
We read in verses 20-22 that all creation is called to praise God, including the angels and other heavenly hosts. How often is God being praised in heaven according to Revelation 4:8-11? If we can imagine that we are standing there before God’s throne, surrounded by His glory, we too would fall down continually in worship.
David was a man after God’s own heart. He made a conscious decision to bless the Lord, and stirred up his heart, soul, mind and strength by recounting the truths of who God is and what He has done for us. David recognized that he had a good Father who offered forgiveness of iniquities and looked upon him as His own child. It is because of Jesus that we too can lay hold of these promises, and knowing this, we can join the chorus of praise in heaven, worshiping the God who is worthy.
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! -Psalm 103:1 ESV
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Fresh off summer vacation, join us for FIRST FRIDAY coming up September 2nd!
Country Concert 6:00pm and Country Gospel Worship at 7pm
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