1 A Psalm of David. Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits:
3 Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases,
4 Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Psalm 103: 1-5
This past Sunday, I was having a bad day.
I was discouraged and sad, to the point that I couldn’t stop crying, and I didn’t care who saw me that way.
I was desperately trying to stop, but I couldn’t.
A friend and I started a bible study last week on Job. And he came to my mind this Sunday. After losing all that he lost, including all that he owned and his precious children, he worshiped God. As if on instinct!
Then I remembered Psalm 103. “Bless the Lord, O my soul.”
David was having a bad day, too.
So what did he do? He COMMANDED his heart to worship!!
Isn’t that awesome? We can preach to our own hearts!
Some of us can’t pick ourselves up, but seem to need the reassuring words of friends and family to keep going down the rough roads on which we find ourselves.
But this Sunday, I knew that there were no words a human being could say to me that would “unbreak” my heart.
I also knew that my feelings really didn’t need to change in order to worship. Worship is based on facts, not feelings!
So I went through the facts.
Don’t forget His benefits.
When you’re struggling to praise Him, remember ALL the MANY ways He has blessed you throughout your life. The very breath in your lungs is there because He put it there!!!
He forgives my sins and heals my diseases.
No one else can ever forgive me for every big and little thing I’ve done and give me the redemption and complete healing that is promised for me in Heaven!
He redeems me from destruction and crowns me with lovingkindness and mercy.
He satisfies me with GOOD things.
He renews me.
It wasn’t long before I was full of joy, and the tears went away.
Because I told my soul what to do!