Warren Wiersbe points out an interesting fact about Psalm 103 that I thought I would share with you today. As you read through this Psalm, consider that it is a Psalm of pure praise (which is not surprising, there are a number of Psalms of pure praise). What Wiersbe points out is that this Psalm makes no requests of God; its sole focus is the exultation of God in light of the benefits he brings into the lives of those who follow him obediently; a point the author makes in verses 17-18. So this Psalm is about the benefit of having God present and active in our lives.
David divides the Psalm into three parts, each part praising God for the blessing he pours out in different areas:
- Vs 1-6 focus on praise for the personal blessings we all experience from God.
- Vs 6-18 focus’ on praise for the blessings God pours out on the nation of Israel.
- Vs 19-22 calls on the entirety of creation to lift praise to God.
As you read each section, see if you can list the blessings given in each, the reasons we are to praise him.
The last thing I would point out is why David writes this Psalm. Right at the beginning of the Psalm David proclaims: “My soul, praise the Lord, and to not forget his benefits.” We lift praise to God in response to his presence and activity in our lives, because of the daily way that he blesses, guides, protects and redeems us. Our praise is empty if it is not fueled by a remembrance of God’s goodness, his Sovereign greatness and Majestic Holiness. Repeatedly was we’ve read Israel’s history so far we’ve seen them stumble and fall away from God when they forget who God is and what he has done for them. We must be careful not to fall into the same trap!
- What was familiar from this passage of scripture? What was something I already knew?
- What was new from this piece of scripture? What was something that really stood out for me that I have never paid attention to before?
- Does Jesus appear in this passage of scripture?
- How does this passage apply to my life, here and now? Do I need to do anything about it?
- What prayer would I offer up to God after reading this piece of scripture?
Tomorrow’s Reading: 2 Samuel 5:1-10; 1 Chronicles 11-12