“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: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
The word “bless” comes from the Hebrew word “barak”, means to
to kneel; to bless God as an act of adoration, and (vice-versa) man, as a benefit” (Strong’s concordance & nsav lexicon-biblehub.com) For us to bless God means to thankfully bow or kneel before God in praise and adoration of what He’s done for us. But it seems, in Psalm 103, that David uses this word to its fullest, as he also lists a truck-load of benifits or BLESSINGS that are ours, as we BLESS our God for BLESSING us with the BLESSINGS He’s already BLESSED us with!
So, as the Psalm plays our, David and us, blesses the Lord with our innermost being and with all of our being-everything within us! We bless God with our spirit, mind, will, emotions and body. The more we bless Him with our whole being, the more He pours His blessings or benifits out on us!
David lists some.
1. He forgives all our sins
2. He heals all of our diseases
3. He redeems our lives from destruction
4. He crowns us with grace (loving kindness) and mercy
5. He satisfies us with good things
6. He renews our strength like an eagles
This is not an exhaustive list of those David listed in this psalm, nor are David’s an exhustive list of God’s blessings or benifits, for His are inexhaustible!
Here’s the deal, we can never overbless God for all the good things He’s blessed us and the play on this word bless is that He blesses us as we bless Him for blessing us for blessing Him for blessing us . . .you get it!
“Bless the Lord, oh my soul and all that is within me, bless His Holy Name!” Think about it!