In Psalm 103, David meditates upon the attributes of his Heavenly Father. In doing so, he is overwhelmed with awe and wonder. As a result of his meditation, he commands himself to give praise to the Lord.
Friends, this song is inspired scripture. Therefore, let us take a few minutes this morning and allow the Father, Son, Spirit, and ancient king to lead us in meditation and worship. It is our happy duty to enjoy and glorify the Most High God who has chosen to be our Heavenly Father, Holy Groom, and Personal Counselor. He is to be blessed, because we are blessed.
Who forgives all your iniquity … The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us … There is not one sin that has not already been covered by the sacrificial work of Jesus Christ. All our transgressions — past, present, future, thought, spoken, performed, public, private, small, large, committed, omitted, unintentional, intentional, before conversion, after conversion, one-time, occasional, persistent — all have been forgiven. Sin makes God angry, but there is not one situation in which he deals with us in accordance with our sin or pay us as we deserve. He has already poured out his anger on the head of Jesus Christ who took his wrath on our behalf. Oh, God has such great and steadfast love towards us who have learned to fear him, and he takes all our transgressions and their just desserts, and he removes them from our accounts. We can’t fathom how loving he is; it is higher than we can imagine. We can’t fathom how far he removes our sins from us; it is impossible to know how far the east is from the west.
Who heals all your diseases … Naturally, we are dead men walking. Our sin nature is a cancer that consumes our souls and our bodies. Instantaneous soul healing is ours in Jesus Christ. Our new soul is sin-free; it is disease free. And Jesus Christ loves to show his love by allowing our physical bodies to be healed on this earth by means of miracle and medicine. And one day, when he decides not to grant us physical healing on this earth, he will surely grant it in glory. New bodies are ours. They are part of our inheritance. Jesus Christ is the one who heals all the diseases of all his children — sometimes today, for sure in paradise.
Who redeems your life from the pit … We were in a pit of our own making. In seeking to climb our way out, we failed and made matters worse in our pit. And before us was the pit of hell to which all hellions are heading. However, as God rescued Joseph from his pit of despair and seated him on high in Egypt, so Jesus rescues us from our hellish pit and promises us thrones in his kingdom. He takes us from hopeless to hopeful. From insignificant to significant, from prisoner to prince; how great is the redeeming work of God.
Who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s … Towards us, God is never apathetic and never is he fair. Instead of casting us off and treating us as justice demands, he pours love and mercy on our heads. As we meditate on him and commune with him, we become less like crotchety old men and more like young girls skipping. Our youth is renewed and we find hearts flying towards the heavens like the eagles.
The Lord works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel … God hates unrighteous and unjust authority. He is violently opposed to abusive parents, spouses, teachers, elders, governors, and kings. He showed Moses, Israel, and Pharaoh what he thought of such despots, and he will do the same for all in his own good time. The King of Kings is watching. He rules the world, and he will make all things right forever and ever.
As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments … God is so manly, bold, strong, tender, and compassionate towards us. The best of fathers cannot even compare to him. He knows who he created. He knows our fleshly nature. He knows our days are numbered. Constantly, we are changing, but not our God and his affection. From everlasting to everlasting he loves his spiritual children who believe in his Covenant of Grace, and his righteous cares equally as much for his spiritual grandchildren whom he is grooming to believe as well.
The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all … Our God, he is not frustrated. He is sovereign over all — demons, angels, planets, the earth, nations, governments, culture, human thinking, human wills, human actions, birds, bees, hairs, and all else he has created. He does what he wants with kings and paupers, and he is doing what he wants with you and me. How awesome it is to know that the High King is our Heavenly Father.
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 … Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word! Bless the Lord, all his hosts, his ministers, who do his will! Bless the Lord, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the Lord, O my soul …
Oh friends, why are we so light in our praise? Why do we find ourselves so prone to “leave the God we love?” Or more precisely, “Why do we find ourselves so tempted to leave the God who loves us so?
Perhaps it is because we FORGET all his benefits.
We are too much like Adam and Eve who so quickly forgot the affectionate wisdom of their Creator and bought into the lie of Satan.
We are too much like Israel who were rescued from Egypt but then groaned about the sovereign will of their Savior before disbelieving and turning away from the Land of Promise.
We are too much like the Twelve Disciples who focused too much on their situation and not enough on the revelation of their King.
But not today! Nope, today we are remembering, meditating, and blessing our God. And today, we are finding ourselves gladdened in the process. Our God is omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, and full of overwhelming compassion for some … for his children … for his church … for his bride … for those learning to fear and keep covenant … for his chosen people … for his elect … for us. Therefore, we repent of forgetting, and in the process of repenting we are enjoying him like never before. We are blessing him because we are so blessed.