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Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits – Psalms 103:1-2

 

Can a shepherd become a prime minister of a country? Humanly it is impossible but not with God. He often takes such incredible projects and proved many times in His Story that He is successful in doing so. He likes to demonstrate His mercy to the downtrodden by lifting them up from their humble state. David’s life is the perfect example, as he was a great beneficiary of God’s mercy. He was often overwhelmed by this fact and wrote many songs of praise by exalting and thanking the Lord for His mercies.

In Psalm 103, David communicates to his own soul to ‘bless the Lord’ for His mercy. The Hebrew root word for ‘bless’ is ‘barak’ which also means “to kneel before the Lord in veneration.” Therefore, David used the phrase “bless the Lord” to urge his own soul to give respect that is due to God and to worship the Lord by kneeling before Him which is an act of adoration. He also gives six reasons to bless the Lord God:

1) He forgives our sin. Though we deserve God’s punishment for our wrongdoing but He forgives us. v2, 9-13

2) He has been our Healer. V2 He heals our physical infirmities and mental  & emotional distresses.

3) He has been our Provider. v4 God is always been our Jehovah-Jireh.

4) He is eternal Father – King who rules over everything. He chastises when we do wrong and offers mercy to those who fear Him. v4,19,11,17

5) He restores us by giving strength and liveliness. v5,

6) He executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. v6

Furthermore, towards the end of the Psalms, David calls the entire hosts of angels, all the ministers of the Lord, the people who fear God and the creation to bless the Lord because His mercy endures forever. I am sure you would have tasted God’s goodness in some way or the other in 2015. Have you thanked God for all the benefits that you have received last year? If not, I suggest you take time off and thank God. Ask Him to guide you through out this year. For He is our Eternal Father; King who loves us with an everlasting love and grants us His mercy; if we diligently seek Him.

Jones Sukumar

Jones Sukumar D worked as an Information Management Leader in Hewlett Packard, he committed his life to serve the Lord leaving his profession behind. He is working at El-Bethel Endtime missions as a overseer- evangelism & missionary Training.He ministers in various churches and corporate fellowships and also teaches in the El-Bethel Bible College learning Centres .


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