Psalm 103: Why We Should Praise the Lord

Do you find it difficult to thank God? Do you struggle to find out what’s good in your life? Everything looks dull and bleak? If you are a Christian, you have much to praise God for. David teaches us in Psalm 103.

David begins with a shout of praise to God with his entire heart and soul. He then adds that may he “never forget the good things he does for me.” (v2). What are the good things that God has done? We would do well to remember them too and praise the Lord! Here are the 6 amazing things:

He forgives all my sins
and heals all my diseases.
He redeems me from death
and crowns me with love and tender mercies.
He fills my life with good things.
My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!

Psalm 103:3-5

1. God forgives all our sins

This first one is pretty amazing. David was a murderer and an adulterer.  But God forgave his sins because David repented. Take note, he suffered the great consequences that affected his whole life. Ps 103:10 and 12 highlight the radical graciousness and mercy of God towards us – God did not punish us as we deserve. Today, if you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, your sins have been forgiven. Jesus died in your place on the cross. He died the death you and I were deserved to receive because of our sin. Praise the Lord for his amazing love and compassion!

2. God heals all our diseases

God is the one who heals us physically, emotionally and spiritually. There is no doubt about it. It does not mean that God always heals. He can, but not always. On this side of heaven, we cannot know why some faithful Christians remain sick. But don’t let that stop you from seeking God for healing. Isa 53:5 says that “By [Jesus’s] stripes, we are healed.” Through his physical suffering of getting whipped, we receive healing. That brings me to my knees in worship of Him. A divine exchange took place on the cross. He suffered so we can be healed. He died so we can live.

3. God redeems us from death 

David has been saved from death many times in his life: From Goliath, from Saul, from enemies. He recognised that God saved him. God redeemed him from death. The word “redeem” indicates that God paid a price to rescue us from death. Indeed, Jesus redeemed us from an eternity in Hell through his death and resurrection. He now offers the free gift of eternal life for those who would trust in Him. If you don’t receive this free gift that redeems you, you’re headed for Hell.

4. God crowns us with love and tender mercies

There is a general grace that God pours out on everyone on this planet, whether good or bad (Matt 5:45). That’s the love and mercies of God to those who do not deserve it in order to bring them to a saving knowledge of Him (Acts 17:27). But in this verse there is a specific verb “crowns”. This implies that Christians are endowed by God an extra portion of love and mercy. Praise the Lord! As we receive God’s love through his grace and mercy, we overflow and show it to others around us. That’s how people will know that we are different from the world. As we have received, freely give!

5. God fills our lives with good things

This is linked with the previous point. God gives us good things. David near the end of his life, realised how unworthy he was to receive God’s immense blessings (2 Sam 7:18). Only God could have brought him this far and all blessings were from him. The greatest gift is his Son, Jesus Christ. Paul the apostle said, “Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ” (Phil 3:8‬) Do you consider Jesus as worth more than all the world could offer? Thank God for Jesus and every spiritual blessing he has bestowed on us!

6. God renews our youth like an eagle

God infuses our life with energy, passion and purpose. He gives us renewed strength – even if you’re older! The Bible uses the eagle as a positive analogy. Why? If you’ve ever watched those wildlife documentary, you’ll see that eagles soar really high, their huge wings spread out as it swoops mightily in the sky. It soars effortlessly in the sky. It is the apex predator. God renews our strength and unleashes us to soar like an eagle. We are meant to fly high. Remember your teenage years when you had loads of energy to do almost anything? Well, God is making you as strong as your youthful days! Christians are invigorated with greater purpose, greater vision and greater energy. Hallelujah!

Let us praise God for these 6 wonderful blessings he has given us.

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