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Bless the Lord, O my soul:
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities;
As far as the east is from the west, so far
As for man, his days are as grass:
But the mercy of the Lord
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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