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December 16, 2018


SCRIPTURE: Psalm 103:1-17, 21-22


KEY VERSE: As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103:12)


INTRODUCTION: In America our national day of thanksgiving is a wonderful thing, but the child of God has countless reasons for giving thanks EVERY DAY. This Psalm explores several of those reasons.


This Psalm was written by David and was probably written when he was an older man. It contains the language of a man who has experienced the serious consequences of sin and the awesome forgiveness and pardon of Almighty God.


Charles Spurgeon said of this Psalm, “As in the lofty Alps some peaks rise above all others, so among even the inspired Psalms there are heights of song which overtop the rest. This 103rd Psalm as ever seemed to us to be the Monte Rosa of the divine chain of mountaintops of praise.”


Let's spend a little time in this “mountaintop of praise” as we study “Love and Worship God.”




INSIGHT: David seeks to stir up his inner man to praise the Lord. Perhaps he is in a spiritual slump. Perhaps his praise isn't as vocal or as frequent as it should be. So, he challenges his “soul” to “bless the Lord”.


A. Don’t Forget To Worship The Lord. (Psalm 103:1)


(Psalm 103:1) Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.


The word “bless” means “to kneel before another in praise and adoration.” It is a call for the soul to give adoration, praise and worship to a worthy God.


We are living in a day when there truly is a drought of praise among the people of God -- how it used to be in America!)


We would do well to stir up our own souls to praise the Lord!


B. Don’t Forget The Lord’s Benefits. (Psalm 103:2)


(Psalm 103:2) Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.


David warns his soul of the dangers of “forgetting” the “benefits” of the Lord in his life. The word “benefits” has the idea of “dealings”. It is also the same root word that gives us the word “camel”.


The word “forget” refers to “a lapse of memory that can cause one to wander”. When we forget what we have in Jesus and who we are in Jesus, there is the danger that might wander away from Him. Praise keeps us tender, clean and close!


INSIGHT: Thankfulness is not an option, it is a command -- 1 Thess. 5:18; Eph. 5:20; Heb. 13:5. Are YOU keeping this commandment?


Praise is beneficial! (1) Praise brings peace to the heart, Phil. 4:6-7, (2) Praise brings peace of mind, Phil. 4:6-8, (3) Praise brings contentment, Phil. 4:10-13.


Can you remember how God has dealt with your soul?


C. Don’t Forget the Lord’s Mercies. (Psalm 103:3-5)


INSIGHT: David identifies eight spiritual reasons that should stimulate our hearts to offer God thanksgiving and praise, on every day of the year – (1) God’s Forgiveness, (2) God’s Healing, (3) God’s Redemption, (4) God’s Grace, (5) God’s Peace, (6) God’s Intercession, (7) God’s Revelation, and (8) God’s Sovereignty.


1. God's Forgiveness. (Psalm 103:3a)


(Psalm 103:3a) Who forgiveth all thine iniquities.


In God, all our sin is gone! (1 John 1:7; Col. 2:13-14; Eph. 1:7)


2. God's Healing. (Psalm 103:3b)


(Psalm 103:3b) Who healeth all thy diseases.


In God, the soul is made whole! (Psa. 107:1-22)


3. God's Redemption. (Psalm 103:4a)


(Psalm 103:4a) Who redeemeth thy life from destruction.


In Him, we stand redeemed! (Rev. 5:9; Gal. 4:5; 1 Pet. 1:18-19)


4. God's Grace. (Psalm 103:4b)


(Psalm 103:4b) Who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies.


5. God's Peace. (Psalm 103:5)


(Psalm 103:5) Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.


In Him, we have been given spiritual satisfaction, and sufficient strength for the journey. (2 Cor. 12:9; Isa. 41:10; Phil. 4:13; Col. 1:11)


INSIGHT: In our God, we have received, grace, mercy, compassion, salvation and eternal blessings (See Psalm 103:8-18)! These verses reveal the great truths of God's sovereign grace and salvation in our lives!)




A. God's Intercession. (Psalm 103:6)


(Psalm 103:6) The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.


In Him, we have One Who pleads our case! (Rom. 8:34; Heb. 7:25; 1 John 2:2)


B. God's Revelation (Psalm 103:7)


(Psalm 103:7) He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.


In Him, we can know Him, fellowship with Him and follow Him! He has revealed Himself (1) in His Word (i.e., the Bible) — Heb. 1:1-2; Gen. 1:1; and (2) in His Son (i.e. the Messiah-Savior Jesus Christ) — John 1:1, 14, 18; 14:6, 9)


INSIGHT: Notice what Psalm 103 is teaching us:


·        Our God can do anything. He is the Almighty God, and He loves us.


The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. 10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. 11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. 12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. 13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. 14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. 15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. 16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more” (Psalm 103: 8-16).


·        The Scope of God’s Benefits in Dealing with us.


God's lovingkindness is toward those who fear Him and as far as the east is from the west so far will He remove our transgressions from us. This was accomplished in the OT by the offering of sacrifices with a faithful heart, and in the NT by faith in Jesus the Messiah the final sacrifice. Then God's kindness is illustrated as a father who has compassion on his children


·        The Duration of God’s Benefits in Dealing with us.


To underscore the unending duration of God's benefits to those who keep His covenant, David pointed to man's TEMPORARY physical nature; his days are like grass. He then contrasted mortal humanity with God's ETERNAL lovingkindness.


C. God's Sovereignty. (Psalm 103:17 & 19)


(Psalm 103:17) But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children.


It is a wonderful thing to look into the future and know that God will always be merciful to us.


(Psalm 103:19) The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.


In Him, we can rest in His control of all things! (Rom. 8:28; Psa. 37:23; Job 23:10)




(Psalm 103:19-22) 19 The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all. 20 Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. 21 Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure. 22 Bless the Lord, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the Lord, O my soul.


A. Praise God.


Man is frail and temporary, but believers enjoy “eternal youth” and spiritual renewal. David compares it to the eagle that looks old but still soars upward with new strength (Isa. 40:31).


You belong to the King who rules over everything Psalm 103:9). The angels praise Him (Psalm 103:20–22), so why not join in their worship?


B. Bless God.


How glorious it will be when all creatures in His dominion will bless Him. This is universal worship when, as Dr. Gaebelein expresses it, “the mighty Hallelujahs will sweep the earth, will sweep the heavens, will come downward and upward, when all creation will join in, when everything which has breath will shout ‘Hallelujah.’”


But in the meantime, let’s not forget to “bless the Lord, O my soul.


All His Benefits
By David C. McCasland


Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. (Psalm 103:2)


1. A recurring difficulty on our journey of life is becoming so focused on what we need at the moment that we forget what we already have. I was reminded of that when our church choir sang a beautiful anthem based on Psalm 103. “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits” (verse 2).


2. The Lord is our forgiver, healer, redeemer, provider, satisfier, and renewer (verses 4-5). How could we forget that? And yet we often do when the events of daily life shift our attention to pressing needs, recurring failures, and circumstances that seem out of control.


3. The writer of this psalm calls us to remember, “The Lord is compassionate and gracious. He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him” (verses 8,10-11).


4. Humbling ourselves before God opens us up to the blessings of His mercy. In our walk of faith, we come to Jesus Christ humbled by our unworthiness. There is no sense of entitlement as we receive His grace and are overwhelmed by the lavishness of His love. They remind us of all His benefits.


5. “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.(verse 1).


Heavenly Father, we pause to consider all we
have in You. Grant us eyes to see Your provision and help
us to remember every benefit You have given to us.


 -- Adapted from David C. McCasland, Our Daily Bread, January 3, 2016




·        As David closes this Psalm, he calls on all of creation to join him in his praise of the Lord. Angels, saints, servants and sinners, along with all of creation, are called upon to offer God the praise, glory and adoration He deserves.


INSIGHT: We have only scratched the surface of His blessings! Think of your family, your church, your Bible, your material blessings, your health, you food, your air, your home, your water, your clothing, your friends, etc. your blessings are enormous! Our thankfulness and our praise ought to be in direct proportion to our blessings. Are they?


·        This would be a great time for God's people to stir up the inner man and call on our soul to “bless the Lord”. It would be a great time to take a spiritual inventory and thank Him for everything He has done for us in Jesus Christ our Lord!


THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: “Love was when God became a man.”


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REFERENCES: References used in these Bible studies are the King James Bible (KJV), The Moody Bible Commentary, Dr. J. Vernon McGee © Thru the Bible Radio Network (www.ttb.org), the Scofield Study Bible, the Believer’s Bible Commentary, Dr. Charles J. Woodbridge Bible Outlines, Dr. Lee Roberson’s Sermons, Dr. Charles Stanley: (http://www.intouch.org/), Don Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Women’s Study Bible, The Bible Reader’s Companion Ed. 3, The Nelson Study Bible: New King James Version, KJV Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the New Testament ed. 4, Dr. David Jeremiah: (http://www.davidjeremiah.org/site/), Dr. Cliff Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the Old Testament, Dr. Alan Carr’s The Sermon Notebook (www.sermonnotebook.org), With the Word Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s “Be” Series: Old & New Testaments, RBC Ministries (http://rbc.org/), selected illustrations, and other references.



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