Verse 1 – Bless the Lord O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Verse 2 – Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits;
Verse 3 – Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases,
Verse 4 – Who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Verse 5 – Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagles.
A lot of people have no idea of the blessings and privileges that come with being a child of God. Just look at the benefits that David listed; forgiveness of sin, healing for all diseases; Christ redeemed our very lives with His own; He crowns, meaning covers us with lovingkindness and mercy. Who doesn’t need mercy? He gives us good things to eat and restores our youth!
Do you know all this is available to you? That’s why we read all of the scripture. We learn of our great God’s character and find out what we might receive through His Son. Jesus has made all of this available to everyone. Again it’s our choice whether to receive it or not. I personally want everything that my Jesus has for me, for His glory.
Verse 6 – The Lord executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.
Verse 7 – He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.
Verse 8 – The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
Verse 9 – He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever.
Verse 10 – He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquity.
(Iniquity – malice, evil, and wickedness)
Verse 11 – For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
(fear Him – be in awe, show reverence, to worship)
Verse 12 – As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us (Isaiah 38:17; 43:25).
Remember, in David’s time they were still under the law of Moses, but look what David said about his sin and transgressions: “As far as the east is from the west has He removed our transgressions from us.” Even Isaiah wrote about this.
Verse 13 – As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him.
Verse 14 – For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.
I heard a pastor say one time, “God doesn’t have pity for you!” Wrong! He took pity on us when He sent His Son; He takes pity on us when we don’t understand; He takes pity on us when He sees what shape we are in when we cry out: When He takes pity on those who worship Him, His mercy flows.
Verse 15 – As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
Verse 16 – For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.
Verse 17 – But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children.
Verse 18 – To such as keep His covenant, and to those who remember His commandments to do them.
Although God’s people struggle with unfaithfulness, the Lord’s covenant loyalty endures for those who fear Him. The Hebrew word “Yara” (fear) combines obedience and respect with humility before a sovereign God.
Verse 19 – The Lord has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all.
Verse 20 – Bless the Lord, you His angels, who excel in strength, who do His Word. Heeding the voice of His Word.
Psalm 91:11 – For He (God) shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.
Psalm 34:7 – The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them.
So let me ask this: Even though, at times it looks like we have totally blown it, are there not angels encamped all around to deliver us? Our part is to believe, trust, and obey. There has to be a point in every Christians life that the desire to do what’s right, overrides everything else. Why? Because when our will becomes God’s will and we trust Him, the angel are given charge over you to deliver you in all your ways! Angels fight our battles against principalities in that realm we cannot see with our eyes. By faith, we know it’s being done because God’s Word says so.
Verse 21 – Bless the Lord, all you His hosts, you ministers of His, who do His pleasure.
Verse 22 – Bless the Lord , all His works, in all places of His dominion. Bless the Lord, O my soul!
Did you learn somethings from this Psalm? If so, let me know what it taught you by writing in the comment box. I’d like to know if I’m helping anyone.