Psalm 103: 103 ·All that I am [T O my soul], ·praise [bless] the Lord;
·everything in me [L all my inward parts], ·praise [bless] his holy name.
2 ·My whole being [T O my soul], ·praise [bless] the Lord
and do not forget all his ·kindnesses [gifts; benefits].
3 He forgives all ·my [or your] ·sins [iniquity]
and heals all ·my [or your] ·diseases [ills].
4 He ·saves [redeems] ·my [or your] life from the ·grave [L pit]
and ·loads [or crowns] ·me [or you] with ·love [loyalty] and ·mercy [compassion].
5 He satisfies ·me [or you] with good things [L as long as you live; or according to your desires]
and ·makes me young again [L renews your youth], like the eagle [Is. 40:31].
Praise. Bless. (3x repeat in 2 verses) What part of me is involved in worship?
All that I am. My soul.
Everything in me.
All my inward parts.
My whole being.
I wonder what that looks like. Hmmm….
2 Samuel 6: 14 Then David danced with all his might before the Lord. He had on a holy linen ·vest [ephod; Ex. 28:6–14]. 15 David and all the Israelite shouted with joy and blew the ·trumpets [ram’s horns] as they brought the Ark of the Lord to the city.
I wonder how often we worry more about what other people think about our worship than what our God thinks of our hearts in worship. If we were to worship God with everything in us, what would that look like?
Forget NOT His benefits…
Verbs found in these five verses:
Forgives- The primary idea here is a lightness, a lifting up. To be merciful, to pardon, to shew oneself to be gentle. And how much does He forgive? all. Isn’t that a lovely word? All. Not some. Not a little. Not most. ALL.
Heals- All. Totality. Encompassing every disease.
Redeems- On this weekend, especially, these two words are everything to me. Jesus paid the price to cover my sin. Your sin. Forever. It is a debt we could never cover. It is freedom. It is our deliverance.
Crowns- Surrounds for protection
These are all gifts from our God. Ponder that. Hold on to this in the dark moments. When it seems there are no answers. Our Answer crowns! He will satisfy. So that? Our youth is renewed like the eagle’s. We are made young again.
I watch my children ride their bikes. All day. Seriously. I cannot imagine riding my bike all day. Running all day. They constantly are in motion.
There is a lightness to their childhood. Their worries are small. Their joys are HUGE. Their cares are light.
They run with energy for they have a child’s load of woes. They are not weighed down by financial concerns. They do not ache with the worries and concerns that adulthood brings. Do you ever notice when a person is depressed their entire countenance droops? They appear to be laden with packages and bags.
However, if we allow the Lord to crown us, satisfy us and make us, could we begin to run like youths? Dance like David?
As I sat in this waiting room yesterday, the entire room was filled with people drooped by cares. I can’t say I was much different. A couple sat with a chair between them waiting for their son. A woman played games on her phone, her face creased with concern. A blind man came in with his daughter carrying all sorts of papers stuck in different directions. The receptionists were downtrodden. They answered the phones with a near disdain. Yet a couple came in, the news, I could tell, was not fantastic. However, they smiled. They had joy.
Now that gave me pause. How do I react as the cares of the world threaten to overwhelm? Oh, I cannot say that yesterday there was much joy. I forget.
I forget that our blessings far outweigh the cares in our life.
They always do.
So I begin my day. I begin with…
246. Thankful for friends who sit and carry.
247. Thankful for phone calls at just the right time.
248. Thankful for a new day.
Pray on. Pray on.