Praise the Lord

“Praise the Lord, I tell myself; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.  Praise the Lord, I tell myself, and never forget the good things he does for me.  He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.  He ransoms me from death and surrounds me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things.  My youth is renewed like the eagle’s! The Lord gives righteousness and justice to all who are treated unfairly. He revealed his character to Moses and his deeds to the people of Israel. The Lord is merciful and gracious; he is slow to get angry and full of unfailing love.  He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever.  He has not punished us for all our sins, nor does he deal with us as we deserve.  For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth.  He has removed our rebellious acts as far away from us as the east is from the west.  The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.  For he understands how weak we are; he knows we are only dust.  Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die.  The wind blows, and we are gone- as though we had never been here.  But the love of the Lord remains forever with those who fear him.  His salvation extends to the children’s children of those who are faithful to his covenant, of those who obey his commandments!” (Psalm 103:1-18).

What beautiful words!  It is good to praise the Lord.  Many of us tend to petition rather than praise Him.  King David was always praising God.  There is so much to praise Him for.  He does good things for us; He forgives our sins; He heals diseases; He fills our lives with good things; He is merciful and gracious;  He is not angry for long; He is righteous and just.  He is a tender and compassionate Father who understands us.  He loves us unconditionally–flaws and weakness and all.  

Praise God for everything.  He is worthy to be praised.  The angels praise Him, the heavens and all of nature praise Him.  So, we too should sing His praises.  Like David, “I, too will praise the Lord” (Psalm 103:22).

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