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Praise Him!

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Bless the Lord, O my soul:
and all that is within me,
bless His holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all His benefits:

Who forgiveth all thine iniquities;
who healeth all thy diseases;
Who redeemeth thy life from destruction;
who crowneth thee with lovingkindness
and tender mercies;
Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things;
so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.

As far as the east is from the west, so far
hath He removed our transgressions from us.
Like as a father pitieth his children:
so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him.
For He knoweth our frame;
He remembereth that we are dust.

As for man, his days are as grass:
as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone;
and the place thereof shall know it no more.

But the mercy of the Lord
is from everlasting to everlasting
upon them that fear Him...

Psalm 103:1-5, 12-17a

To know God as the Psalmist did is to exclaim "Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name."

When we remember that God forgives our sins, heals our diseases, spares our life and satisfies our deepest needs, we can only lift our voice in praise! Only indifference will quiet this song of thanksgiving.

As we read this psalm, we see that these benefits are not isolated acts, but a continuing shower. God loves, forgives, heals and satisfies--day after day. The awareness of this fills the believer's heart with continuous praise.

Yet this song has an even deeper source. Behind the continuous giving, is a loving, merciful God. He forgives because He is forgiving. He heals, delivers and satisfies because He is love.

God's love and mercy were fully revealed in sending Jesus Christ into our sin-filled world. Here the Son of God brought healing and forgiveness to those who received Him. On the cross he suffered for our sins, that we might know God's blessings.

We can know God's mercy and forgiveness from sin through faith in Jesus Christ. If you have not trusted Jesus Christ as Savior, He invites you now: "If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus Christ, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved" (Romans 10:9).

With the joy of sins forgiven and new life with God, let us exclaim with the Psalmist David "Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name."

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