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 Lord executes righteousness And justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger and abounding in mercy.
He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever.
He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities.
For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
As a father pities His children, So the Lord pities those who fear Him.
For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.
As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, And its place remembers it no more.
But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting On those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children's children,
To such as keep His covenant, And to those who remember His commands to do them.
The Lord has established His throne in heaven, And His kingdom rules over all.
Bless the Lord, you His angels, who excel in strength, who do His word, heeding the voice of His word.
Bless the Lord, all you His hosts, You ministers of His pleasure.
Bless the Lord, all His works, In all places of His dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul!
When I was reading along yesterday and read these words, they stuck with me! All day long these words kept filling my thoughts and then my mouth with praise! So, today when it was my turn to write; I felt that this Psalm and these words are what I would like to share with you.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, Bless the Lord! I love how the Psalmist starts and ends with the command to his soul to, "Bless the Lord!" I love how he says to remember - "to forget not all His benefits." He then goes on and recounts and focuses on all that the Lord has done and will do for us personally and as a people! He reminds himself and us that God has taken care of it all from forgiveness and healing, to redemption and an abundance of mercies and blessings just because He loves us.
To often we forget to praise Him. To often we are so busy looking at our circumstances, trials, and temptations. To often our focus is on our wants, needs, and desires and we forget! We forget that He has already provided and we forget to Bless Him with our praise and appreciation!
Jesus said, "Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit; some thirtyfold, some sixtyfold, and some a hundred." Mark 4:18-20 He said, 'The cares of this world' become the focus and choke out the word in our lives making us unfruitful. He also said that those who are bearing fruit 'hear it, accept it and bear fruit." No mention of their focus being on anything else.
He also said on many occasions, "The kingdom of heaven is at hand." Take a look once again at the last few words the Psalmist wrote: "The Lord has established His throne in heaven, And His kingdom rules over all. Bless the Lord, you His angels, who excel in strength, who do His word, heeding the voice of His word. Bless the Lord, all you His hosts, You ministers of His pleasure. Bless the Lord, all His works, In all places of His dominion. Bless the Lord, O my soul!" Did you see that last line, 'All the places of His dominion.' When we declare Him Lord and Savior we become a part of His kingdom. He becomes our sovereign and we are just some of the works that bless Him!
He is telling his soul, his whole being, to focus on Him and His kingdom. He is making it his desire, his focus to bless Him and to focus on all that He has done, is doing, and will do. I would challenge you to go back through and read this Psalm again, only this time make a list of every promise, every provision, every blessing that you see and be assured it will set your focus 'on things above' and 'the care of this world' will look pretty small when compared to all He has done, is doing, and will do in your life.