Psalm 103 is one of our favorite chapters of the Psalms to reflect on and study. It is FULL of truths that reveal the true nature of God and how unending His love is for us! David commands his soul to praise the Lord and to remember everything about who he is. David shows us a great example of choosing to remember the goodness of God and commanding himself to rise up and praise God for all his promises! If you are feeling disconnected from the Lord or discouraged, meditate on Psalm 103 line by line and remember how the Lord loves us from "everlasting to everlasting" and remind your soul to "forget not all his benefits."
If you are looking for a "Bless the Lord O my Soul" scripture or a "Praise the Lord" psalm to reference for Easter, Psalm 103 is a beautiful encouraging Psalm to share!
Psalm 103 - ESV
103 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits,
3 who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
5 who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.
6 The Lord works righteousness
and justice for all who are oppressed.
7 He made known his ways to Moses,
his acts to the people of Israel.
8 The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9 He will not always chide,
nor will he keep his anger forever.
10 He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
13 As a father shows compassion to his children,
so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
14 For he knows our frame;
he remembers that we are dust.
15 As for man, his days are like grass;
he flourishes like a flower of the field;
16 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
and its place knows it no more.
17 But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,
and his righteousness to children's children,
18 to those who keep his covenant
and remember to do his commandments.
There is no time too early to start teaching your children all of the promises of God. He loves us as His children and His promises are simple and so important for our kids to know. We have created a few free printable devotions that go along with Psalm 103. This devotional invites you to read through Psalm 103 with your child, and fill-in-the-blanks together!
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