Psalm 103:1-5 - Five Reasons to be Thankful
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.
For today's meditation, we will be looking at Psalm 103:1-5. Psalm 103 is one of my favorite Psalms among many. Psalm 103:1-5 gives us 5 things to be thankful and it is an excellent reminder as we approach Thanksgiving.
The first thing we are exhorted is to praise the Lord. Our hearts should always abound with thanksgiving and praises to the Lord. The Bible says:
"Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name" (Heb. 13:15).
The second exhortation is that we should not forget all His benefits toward us. By nature, we are a forgetful people. But that ought not to be so. The Bible says:
"Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name" (Psalm 100:4).
Than we are given five things to be thankful for in verse 3-5.
1. We are to be thankful for the forgiveness we have in Christ.
That is the greatest blessing. David cries out:
"Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit" (Psalm 32:1-2).
2. We are to be thankful for good health.
Good health is a blessing for God and we should never take our health for granted. God does not guarantee healing every time we get sick; but when we do get sick and recover, it is because God has healed us. Sometimes God lets us get sick for God can even use sickness for our good and for our sanctification. God works through medicine and doctors to heal us.
"O Lord my God, I cried out to You, and You healed me" (Psalm 30:2).
3. We are to be thankful for God redeeming our life from destruction.
Many times we wander astray like lost sheep and like the prodigal son. But Christ is the Good Shepherd of the sheep (John 10:11) and He cares for each of His sheep and will seek out His sheep till He finds it. Christ cares for each of His sheep not only as a group but also individually. Each of Christ's sheep is very precious in His sight.
"Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses" (Psalm 107:13).
4. We are to be thankful for God's lovingkindess and tender mercies.
God's mercies are great. God does not give us what we deserve. His grace is unmerited and undeserved. The Bible says:
"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" (Psalm 103:8-14).
5. We are to be thankful for God's provision.
We need to be thankful for God's providing for us all that we need such as food, clothing, and housing.
"The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want" (Psalm 23:1).
Indeed God is very faithful and that is a cause for thanksgiving. Even "If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself" (2 Tim. 2:13). His mercies are new every morning and great is His Faithfulness.
"Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness" (Lam. 3:22-23).
From the editor of www.georgemuller.org
11/20/2017 04:14:12 pm
Good thoughts on gratitude! I just ran across this site because I am listening to George Muller’s Autobiography. Just wondering if you have in written form the story he told of Baron Von Kay? It is the perfect story to give to my sister in law! So glad I ran across your site!!
11/20/2017 04:28:56 pm
I don't recall the story. Can you give me a little detail so I can search for it? Thanks
11/20/2017 05:43:11 pm
The story is in the 26 th chapter in the book at about 6:20 if you have the audio version. Not sure my spelling is correct but Baron Von Kay is had given up most of his property to continue to employ out of work weavers in about 1806. The main story is about how he helps a student who does not regard him at all and finally confronts the Baron on why he is being so nice to him and he tells him it is because that Jesus has taught him to do it. This leads to the young mans conversion.
11/20/2017 06:02:23 pm
I have the audio. Not sure if the same one that you have. I will try to listen to it. Thank you
11/20/2017 06:24:25 pm
On my audio book when I press chapter 16, chapter 16 comes up written 16 out of 27 but the audio says chapter 13. Many audible books that I listen to do this. So there is a chance that it is a different chapter in a different format.
11/20/2017 06:25:43 pm
Oh no! I wrote chapter 26 but it is chapter 16!!! My thumbs are clumsy!
12/28/2019 01:05:55 am
This sermon is very credible and it has inspired me as I regret on giving thanks to God.
4/24/2021 06:44:28 am
Thanks for the good thoughts..God bless
11/15/2021 07:17:58 am
Please send me such descriptions like above; “https://www.georgemuller.org/blog/psalm-1031-5-five-reasons-to-be-thankful“.
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