Bless the Lord, O My Soul

Bless the Lord, O My Soul

A Bible Conversation About Psalm 103

1 Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

Who does David address? Himself.

What does “bless” mean? It means to speak well of. It’s the opposite of cursing.

Matthew 5:44 I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

Romans 12:14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.

How should you bless God? With everything you've got.

Talking Point #1 - God forgives iniquity.

2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

Do you have a salvation testimony?  Could you share it with someone?

Do you have a great story of deliverance from sin and the pull of sin and the desire of sin? That might really help someone if they heard it.

What is your favorite Biblical testimony of God’s forgiveness or of someone forgiving others? 

Talking Point #2 - God heals.

3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

Can you testify of healing?

Do you know of anyone else who has been healed?

What’s your favorite story of physical healing in the Bible?

Talking Point #3 - God redeems lives from destruction.

4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

How has God redeemed your life from destruction?

When was your life destroyed and God bought it back?

Was it your salvation story?

Was it triumph over addiction or triumph over mental, emotional, or physical abuse?

Was your marriage destroyed and salvaged?

Was your marriage destroyed and never salvaged, but did God redeem your life?

Talking Point #4 - He bestows love, kindness, and mercy.

4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

Verses 3 and 4 establish that you are a person filled with iniquity, disease, and self-destruction, yet God crown you with lovingkindness and mercy.

How does He do that?

When has He done that?

Talking Point #5 - The Gospel

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 forever.

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.

He is angry at your sins. But he hasn’t dealt with me as He could have with my sin. He has not paid me in accordance and in measure with my iniquity.

If you could consider the magnitude of that distance between the earth and the heavens or between the east and the west, then you can understand the magnitude of the greatness of God’s mercy.

Talking Point #6 - Our Future

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.

What is the future of our flesh? Dust

What is the potential future of our flesh? Mercy bestowed eternally