What Does Psalm 103:3 Mean?

Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

Psalm 103:3(KJV)

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Assuredly, we should bless the Lord with the whole of our being, for the Lord inhabits the praises of His children. Surely, we should sing and make joyful music in our hearts to the Lord our God, for He alone is worthy of all the glory and might, majesty and dominion, power, praise, and blessing.

This is no self-centred, superficial form of worship, but a yearning desire deep within that is overwhelmed by Who God is and what He has done for all who trust in the Son of His love. No wonder the shepherd king of Israel started his hymn of reverential praise with the words: "Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name."

After this outpouring of praise and exultation to our Lord and Saviour, we are given a blunt reality check about ourselves and our own lives: "The Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, He remembers that we are dust. The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more." 

How sobering to ponder the brevity of our life and the dust from which we were formed so lovingly by our Creator God. Indeed, we could read this verse and see ourselves as worthless, destined to return to the dust from which we were formed. But we are so much more than this. We are God's workmanship; we were known by God before He formed us in our mother's womb; God Himself put eternity in our hearts and our eternal souls yearn to be out of these mortal bodies. As Paul writes: "For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies."

What a comfort to know that the Lord Who created us, loves us with an everlasting love: "But from everlasting to everlasting, the Lord’s love is with those who fear Him."

When we consider our wonderful Creator, our heart is filled with awe and wonder at His mighty power and the vastness of His great wisdom; but when we consider the nails that pierced His hands and feet, the crown that tore His head, and the sword that thrust His side all for love of His own, and when we consider that Christ loved the Church and gave Himself up for her to sanctify her, to make her holy, to cleanse her with the washing of water by the Word, is it not our glorious privilege to worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness, bow down before Him with our whole body, soul, and spirit, and praise our mighty Saviour and King for ever and ever?

Let us never forget to praise the LORD and remember all the good things He does for us all.

He forgives all my sins.
He heals all my diseases.
He redeems me from death.
He crowns me with love and tender mercies.
He fills my life with good things.
He renews my youth like the eagle's.

Praise the Lord, O my soul!

My Prayer

Loving Lord and Heavenly Father, I worship and praise and bless You with my whole being, for You are a great, mighty, and wonderful God, and I love You, Lord. In Jesus' name I pray, AMEN.

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