“Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise His Holy Name.” (Psalm 103:1)
In Psalm 103:1, David attempts to select words that describe his desire to wholeheartedly and enthusiastically praise God and acknowledge the majesty of His Holy Name.
Then, throughout Psalm 103, David outlines all of the miracles of the Lord: forgiveness of our sins, healing from disease, redemption from the pit, and giving us the opposite of what we deserve - crowning us with love and compassion. Unlike our temporal pursuits, the Lord then satisfies our desires with good things. He is able to bring renewal in our lives and He works justice for all of the oppressed.
David then explains that the Lord made known His ways to Moses and His deeds to the people of Israel. Now David begins to describe God’s characteristics: He is compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, having great love for us beyond comprehension. He removes sin as far as the east is from the west, and He knows that we are made from dust – He knows our weaknesses.
David declares how great the Lord is and that nothing can move Him from His throne – it is firmly established – and His dominion is everywhere.
No wonder David ends the Psalm continuing to praise God with everything that is within him – may we do likewise.
Lord, we praise You with David - with all of our hearts and soul – our innermost being. We praise Your Holy Name and thank You for your character, Your ways, Your works, Your love. Thank You that Your throne is established forever over all things. We bow under Your authority and praise Your Holy Name.
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Read through Psalm 103 slowly – mediate on David’s declarations and with your whole being give praise to our GOD. Praise and thank Him over the circumstances in your life. Is there a change in your heart or perspective as a result?