Let All That I Am Praise the Lord

I read Psalm 103 yesterday during my morning prayers. I was flipping through Joyce Meyer’s Healing Scriptures that I shared last month, and she said something about the promise of healing in Psalm 103:3. I thought to myself, why not find out more about this promise?

What I love about God’s Word is that it goes for you and me. What He said yesterday applies today, tomorrow, and every day. I’m learning more about this in Greg Laurie’s Essentials, and I’m loving it. I’ve been emailing everyone I know about this book and dying to share more with all of you.

Seriously, every line of this Psalm is so rich that I can’t stop thinking about it. King David really gets into God’s unfailing goodness, His plans to heal, bring justice to the oppressed, and bless us more than we can even imagine. I was tempted to bold almost every line, but instead I’ll let you guys read it for yourselves and let it speak to you however it speaks to you.

Psalm 103

A psalm of David.

 1 Let all that I am praise the Lord;
with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.
2 Let all that I am praise the Lord;
may I never forget the good things he does for me.
3 He forgives all my sins
and heals all my diseases.
4 He redeems me from death
and crowns me with love and tender mercies.
5 He fills my life with good things.
My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!

 6 The Lord gives righteousness
and justice to all who are treated unfairly.

 7 He revealed his character to Moses
and his deeds to the people of Israel.
8 The Lord is compassionate and merciful,
slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.
9 He will not constantly accuse us,
nor remain angry forever.
10 He does not punish us for all our sins;
he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve.
11 For his unfailing love toward those who fear him
is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth.
12 He has removed our sins as far from us
as the east is from the west.
13 The Lord is like a father to his children,
tender and compassionate to those who fear him.
14 For he knows how weak we are;
he remembers we are only dust.
15 Our days on earth are like grass;
like wildflowers, we bloom and die.
16 The wind blows, and we are gone—
as though we had never been here.
17 But the love of the Lord remains forever
with those who fear him.
His salvation extends to the children’s children
18 of those who are faithful to his covenant,
of those who obey his commandments!

 19 The Lord has made the heavens his throne;
from there he rules over everything.

 20 Praise the Lord, you angels,
you mighty ones who carry out his plans,
listening for each of his commands.
21 Yes, praise the Lord, you armies of angels
who serve him and do his will!
22 Praise the Lord, everything he has created,
everything in all his kingdom.

   Let all that I am praise the Lord.

And because I’m all about soundtracking my life right now, this is a song that hit me equally as hard in pretty much the same way. I heard a really great version of this in church today with two women and two men singing in unison, playing acoustic and electric guitar, and sending chills up my spine. Since I couldn’t record that version, I looked up this one as soon as I got home. It’s another great song of praise that goes hand-in-hand with Psalm 103 in my book.

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