Gratitude for Unbounded Mercies
Psalm 103:1-5
Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.…

I. THE SOUL URGENTLY SUMMONED TO PRAISE GOD FOR HIS GOODNESS. Inward praise, not the praise of the lips, is here called for - spiritual, not bodily worship.


1. Every power he has - memory, heart, and reason - is to assist in recognizing the Divine benefits he has received.

2. Our temptation and danger are to forget. And we are to resist and conquer forgetfulness and ingratitude. Especially apt to forget the mercies:

1. That we receive in common with others.

2. The mercies that are uninterrupted by constraint.

3. Mercies of a spiritual nature.

III. A THANKFUL SURVEY OF THE FATHERLY MERCIES OF GOD. "The poet calls upon his soul to arise to praiseful gratitude for God's justifying, redeeming, and renewing grace."

1. The forgiveness of all his sins.

2. Recovery from bodily sickness and infirmity. Sin, the sickness of the soul; disease, the sickness of the body; and God is the Physician of both.

3. Deliverance from threatened death. The pit - a name of Hades - the abode of the departed.

4. Loving kindness and tender mercies make him rich and royal. Like a king, they crown him.

5. No real want of the soul is left unsatisfied. "Shall not want any good thing;" "Open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it."

6. His strength is thus constantly renewed. (Isaiah 40:31.) "They that wait upon the Lord," etc. - S.

Parallel Verses
KJV: {A Psalm of David.} Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

WEB: Praise Yahweh, my soul! All that is within me, praise his holy name!

Divine Goodness Celebrated
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