November 22, 2020


November 22, 2020

Psalm 103: 1-5 

Big Idea: A person blesses God by remembering all that God has done and thanking him for it.

Introduction: “Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me! 

How can a person bless God

David answered the question in the next phrase: “Bless the Lord, O my soul; and forget none of his benefits” (103:2). 

A person blesses God byall that God has done and thanking him for it. 

Thanks that blesses God must be  

“God’s all cannot be praised with less than our all” (Spurgeon, Treasury of David ). 

Thanks that blesses God must also be

David listed some of the things God gave for which he was grateful.

  1. 103:3

David needed forgiveness. 

Think back to the day when sin weighed heavy on your soul and shame made you hope no one ever found out what you had done. Remember the  tears you cried as you begged God for forgiveness. 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

  1. 103:3

David declared that it was the Lord who healed all his diseases. The simple meaning of this is that whenever and wherever there had been healing, it was God who had done it.  

“I dress the wounds but God heals them”. Ambroise Pare, French Doctor.

David said God heals all diseases.

“‘But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the LORD…” — Jeremiah 30:17

  1. 103:4 

    For David, the “pit” was the place of death and destruction, and “redeem” meant not so much bringing back his life from that realm as keeping him from it . 

    Every person alive is a child of providence. 

    You are alive today because God has protected you from danger and death. 

    How many other times God has saved your life.

    Psalm 121:7-8 The LORD keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The LORD keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.

    When you count your blessings this Thanksgiving, thank God for protecting!

    1. 103:4

    The Hebrew word for “crown” comes from a root that means “to circle, too surround, or too hem in.

    God’s love and compassion are on every side. 

    Psalm 33:22  Let your unfailing love surround us, LORD, for our hope is in you alone.

    1. 103:5

    “God satisfies my wants with good things,”

     God fills every longing and meets people’s deepest desires.

    For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things. (Psalm 107:9)

    Augustine said, “Thou hast made us for thyself and our hearts find no rest until they rest in Thee!” 

    1. 103:5

    David meant God gave him  tireless strength

    There may have been times when you felt you had gone as far as you could, when it looked like you were about to go under, when your strength failed, But God

    He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might he increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. ~ Isaiah 40:29-31

    Conclusion: ‘Praise God from whom all blessings flow!’

     Find time this Thanksgiving to get alone with God and think of all he has given and of all you owe him, then bless him by thanking him!

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