1 Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Psalm 103 is an encouraging reminder of God's work in our lives. With this in mind, why do you think David might need to instruct his soul to praise God?
2 Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
In verse 2, David instructs his soul to "forget not" the benefits of knowing God. Make a list of at least 7 of the benefits that David lists in the verses that follow (verses 3-12):
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
6 The Lord works righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed.
7 He made known his ways to Moses,
his deeds to the people of Israel:
8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
9 He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us. NIV
Which benefit on your list stands out to you the most personally today? Why is that?
::::: Application Challenge :::::
What does the analogy in verse 12 really mean? With this in mind, what areas of your life do you have a difficult time accepting this truth? Take some time to instruct your soul to believe this truth today.
::::: Equipping Challenge :::::
Look at verse 8. What difference would it make to reflect this benefit of God in your own behavior?