1 Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
We come to verse 3 and David’s specific reasons for personally blessing the Lord begins. Remember that he has called his total being to participate, body, soul, and spirit. What a great example we have before us. David doesn’t say, thank you Lord for all you have done in one catch-all sentence. David wants his God to know that he has taken note of each blessing and he knows they are not by his might or power or coincidence, they are not by any man. Only because of Your heart and Your hand, Father, and I want to thank you for my blessings right now.
David begins to recall the goodness of the Lord and may I say that he doesn’t start with the material stuff but with the most important gift God has given to any man.
In verse 3, “who forgives all our sins.” The Lord is the Great God of Grace and Mercy who forgives – ‘all’ – not some, not part, not many, but ‘all’ our sins, each and every one. We should be thankful for the gift of confession, that when we come to Him and confess our sins, He is faithful and just and forgives us (1 John 1:9) – not because of anything we have done but because of the blood of His Son. One song writer penned, “I’m thankful for the blood of Jesus that washes white as snow.” Thank you Lord for the blood. Amen. Forgiveness of sin is a gift that is free to us but it cost God His Son. Jesus is the greatest gift given. His purpose of coming to earth was to be our Sacrificial Lamb so we could be forgiven of our sin. Surely, it is our delight to treasure Him and bless His Holy Name. Let’s read further in Psalm 103:
6 The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.
7 He made known his ways to Moses, His acts to the people of Israel.
8 The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9 He will not always chide, nor will He keep His anger forever.
10 He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear Him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far does He remove our transgressions from us.
13 As a father shows compassion to his children,
so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear Him.
14 For he knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.”
SHOUT NOW – HALLELUJAH!
David then adds to his list – bless the Lord who heals all our diseases. We see the word, ‘heal’ is in the presence tense. Our Lord, is the God who heals (Exodus 15:26) and He is equal to every disease of body, soul, and spirit that any man can face. Disease and sickness came into the world by sin and just as Jesus defeated death at the cross so he defeated disease and sickness, by His wounds we are healed and given victory over the decay of sin no matter how it may try to manifest itself. Some may say well what about my friend who just passed. I would say, if your friend knew Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior, if you could see her now, you would she her beholding the face of Jesus, delivered and healed.
But rest assured that there is not a disease, sickness, ailment this side of glory that Jesus cannot heal this glory if that is His plan and purpose. I am sure that there is someone reading this post that the doctor gave a death sentence and yet they are still here. I personally know someone that the doctor told them that their heart was blocked but the saints prayed and when the doctor looked again, Dr. Jesus had fixed it. We could run the list of tumors and headaches and diabetes and blood pressures and broken limps and respiratory and emotions and prostates and cholesterol and pain and eyesight and blood disorders and, and, and…somebody has a testimony. Somebody is just like David, “Bless the Lord, O my soul and do it now.” Thank you Jesus!
“Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me,
and I shall be saved, for You are my praise.” Jeremiah 17:14
“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms.
14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church,
and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up.
And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.” James 5:13-15
Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed. Acts 5:16
I will not die but live,
and will proclaim what the Lord has done. Psalm 118:17