In my reading through the Psalms, I came to Psalm 103 this morning. It has been a familiar Psalm to me, so I asked the Lord to give me a fresh approach to it, lest my familiarity bred a casual approach to the Holy Scriptures.
In answer to my prayer, it was not long into the Psalm that the presence of two divine “all’s” came jumping off the page: verse one says, “…and all that is within me, bless his holy name.” Next, verse two says, “…and forget not all his benefits.” Here we are, faced with praising Him with ALL that is within us for ALL that He has done for us; and in light of all that He has done for us, it will take all in us to grasp His wonderful blessing.
As you read the text, you will find the following benefits
listed and possibly an innumerable host of others introduced to us by the Holy Spirit:
1. Forgiveness (3)- how many iniquities? ALL!
2. Healing (3)- how many diseases? ALL!
3. Redemption (4)
4. Crowned with God’s favor (4)
5. Satisfaction (5, Psalm 34:8)
6. Renewal (5, Isaiah 40:31)
7. Justice, coupled together as “righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed” (6)
8. Revelation of Himself (7), seen as, “He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.” What a gift, the knowledge of the Holy!
9. Four acts of longsuffering (8), listed as, “merciful, gracious, slow to anger and plenteous in mercy.”
CONCERNING our SIN… (9-12)
10. He forego’s judgment (9)
11. He forgets our sins when dealing with us (10)
12. He deals with our sin out of His deity. His mercy is beyond our comprehension, being “…high above the earth” (11).
13. He eternally separates us from our sin (12).
CONCERNING His treatment of us as His CHILDREN (13-14)
14. He pities our fallen estate (13). “…that Christ hath regarded my helpless estate, and hath shed His own blood for my soul…”
15. His perspective of us is loving and with keen remembrance of our frame (14).
As for man, he is sinful, his days are few and his memory is forgotten (15-16).
But, get back to the benefits:
16. The goodness of God endures (17-18).
17. God has a prepared throne unto which we might boldly come (19, Hebrews 4:16).
18. God has a kingdom which ruleth over all (19, Matthew 6:33). In other words, He is in control!
19. God granted us a benefit so wonderful and glorious; that, when we love Him and are truly grateful, we have Someone to praise and thank for these innumerable blessings.
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits! Selah.