Psalm 103 - Give Thanks!

Did you know there are more countries than just the United States and Canada that celebrate Thanksgiving? There are at least 8 other countries that set aside a day throughout the year for giving thanks.

The wonderful thing about giving thanks, we don't have to wait for a special day. We can give thanks any time for all the bountiful blessings the Lord has given to us. Have you given thanks today?

Give Thanks!  A Look at Psalm 103 Don't Wait, Give Thanks Today :

Give Thanks! Don't Wait Give Thanks Today

Let's look at Psalm 103.

Psalm 103:1-2 Bless the Lord, oh my soul; and all that is within me, bless His Holy Name. Bless the Lord, o my soul, and forget not all His benefits.

Isn't the Lord good? We are so prone to take His blessings and benefits for granted. He does so much for us and sometimes we forget to thank Him. We teach our children to say thank you. Shouldn't we practice what we preach and say thanks to our Heavenly Father for all He does for us?

"Careful for nothing, prayerful for everything, thankful for anything." - Dwight L. Moody

Psalm 103:3-4 Who forgiveth all thine inquities; who healeth all they diseases, Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with loving kindness and tender mercies.

Charles H. Gabriel wrote:

In loving kindness Jesus came, my soul in mercy to reclaim,

And from the depths of sin and shame, through grace He lifted me.
He called me long before I heard, before my sinful soul was stirred
And when I took Him at His Word, Forgiven He lifted me.
His brow was pierced with many thorn, His hand by cruel nails were torn
When from my guilt and grief forlorn, in Love He lifted me.
Now on a higher plain I dwell, and with my soul I know 'tis well
Yet how or why... I cannot tell - He should have lifted me.

From sinking sand He lifted me, With tender hand He lifted me
From shades of night to planes of light, Oh praise His name He lifted me.

~ In Loving Kindness Jesus Came to Me (1905)

Psalm 103:5-12 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's. 

The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel. 

The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will keep his anger forever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our inquities.

For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west; so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

Others may remember what we have done in the past, but Jesus not only forgives, but He forgets. He never remembers confessed and forgiven sin.

"Perhaps it takes a purer faith to praise God for unrealized blessings
than for those we once enjoyed or those we enjoy now." - A.W. Tozer

Psalm 103:13-14 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

This is one thing I am glad the Lord does remember. We are dust! We are not perfect. We make mistakes because we are human.

“God has promised to supply all our needs.
What we don’t have now, we don’t need now.” –Elizabeth Elliot

Psalm 103:15-22 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.

For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.

But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;

To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.

The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.

Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.

Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.

Bless the Lord, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the Lord, O my soul.

“No matter what our circumstances, we can find a reason to be thankful.” –Dr. David Jeremiah

Sounds like we need to take time out just to bless the Lord and thank Him for all His goodness to us. He deserves our praise. He is worthy of our praise! When we enter into prayer that is the first thing we need to do. then we can bring our petitions to Him, knowing that He will answer according to His pleasure.


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