Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 103:1-22. When is the last time you stopped and thought about the LORD and all the benefits He has bestowed upon you? This is a Psalm of David in which his whole purpose of writing is to remind us to bless the LORD. What does it mean to “bless” the LORD? It means to exalt Him, lift Him up, and honor Him as God. All believers can do this, not only priests or pastors. When we worship and praise the LORD it blesses Him. David blesses the holy name of the LORD.
David reminds us of all of the benefits of the LORD. He reminds us that the LORD forgives our sins and heals our diseases. God made Himself known to Moses and demonstrated His wondrous works to the children of Israel. God is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and thankfully so, or He would have taken us out a long time ago. He has removed our sins as far as the east is from the west.
We are like the grass that withers away, but the LORD is eternal. His mercy is from everlasting to everlasting. He is the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end. God has prepared a place in heaven for those who believe. David calls out for everything and everyone to bless the LORD. He ends the Psalm like he started it saying, “Bless the LORD, O my soul.”
Take some time today to think about all the things you have for which to bless the LORD. You can bless Him by giving Him thanks and praise for who He is and for His many blessings in your life. You could read this Scripture or other Scriptures out loud to the LORD and declare His goodness and mercy to Him. Don’t you enjoy hearing people say good things about you? What makes you think that the LORD wouldn’t enjoy hearing you acknowledge Him?
Daily Bible Reading:
1 [[A Psalm of David.]] Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
6 The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.
7 He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.
8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
9 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.
17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;
18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
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.
Things to think about:
- What are some things for which we can bless the LORD?
- Have you accepted God’s forgiveness for your sins?
- Look around you and think of all the blessings the LORD has bestowed upon you. List them here and thank Him for them.
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for this Scripture in Psalm 103 in which David reminds us to bless You. LORD, we bless Your holy name. You are merciful and loving. You are forgiving and kind. You have made a way for us to have forgiveness of our sins, if we only believe. You are the creator, You are our provider, You are our protector. We love You, LORD. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
This is an excerpt from The Book of Psalms: Part 4 Chapters 91-118
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The Book of Psalms: Part 4 Chapters 91-118
by Deborah H. Bateman
About the book:
The Book of Psalms: Part 4 Chapters 91-118 by Deborah H. Bateman is 29th book in the Daily Bible Reading Series. The book of Psalms contains 150 chapters. Deborah divided The Book of Psalms into five books to make it easier to read and study. Each book contains approximately thirty chapters from the book of Psalms.
Psalm 119 has already been published in a book called: Psalm 119: Thy Word is a Lamp unto My Feet. The book of Psalms is one of Deborah’s favorite books of the Bible. It is a great book to read if you’re ever feeling down or need to renew your relationship with Christ. King David went through a lot of tough times in his lifetime, but he loved God and trusted God to protect him from his enemies.
The book of Psalms was written by various people. About half of it was attributed to King David, whether they were written by David or for David is questioned by some biblical scholars. Some of the Psalms were written by Asaph and some say they were written for the sons of Korah and even Moses and Solomon were writers of the Psalms. The Psalms consists of poetry that was primarily meant to be used as songs of praise to the Lord.
The Book of Psalms: Part 4 Chapters 91-118 contains thirty-six Daily Bible Reading Lessons. Each lesson contains a brief commentary by the author, the Daily Bible Reading Scriptures, a few questions for contemplation or discussion, and a prayer of the day. It is a great Bible study for individuals or group studies.
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