What Does Psalm 103:5 Mean?

Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.

Psalm 103:5(NASB)

Verse of the Day

David, the shepherd king of Israel, gives the most beautiful and complete exhortation to bless the Lord for His grace and mercy, as he catalogues many unfathomable truths within this simple and well-loved Psalm.

He offers the most far-reaching entreaty to give thanks and praise to our great God and eternal Redeemer as, step by step, he details the magnificent, redemptive truth that mirrors our own Christian walk.

He starts to catalogue the tender mercies of our God and the amazing gospel truths that have impacted the lives of so many who have trusted in the death, burial, and Resurrection of Christ for the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting.

Despite their simplicity, his words of awe and wonderment engender in each of our hearts a timeless truth... that was as far-reaching in the life of David as it is today - a gospel that continues to reverberate down the corridors of time into our own redeemed lives so many thousands of years later.

How thankful we are for the Cross of Christ, for as David reminds us, the Lord forgives our sin - ALL our sin. This single gift of salvation, by grace through faith, should be sufficient to merit our eternal and never-ending thanks and praise. But we read that He also heals all our diseases.

The curse of sin has ravaged our world and continues to do so... but its devastating consequences are but for a season for those who have trusted in the everlasting God Who heals all our diseases.

He has borne our grief and carried our sorrows and sicknesses on His own sinless shoulders. He was smitten of God for us and wounded for our transgressions. Christ was bruised for our iniquities and God's wrath was poured out on Him in fullest measure - for our sake. He was punished for our sin, in place of us.

Yes, Jesus is the God who heals us - He is our Jehovah Rapha. He is able to heal every disease. There is no limit to His power to heal and no end of His tender-mercies, which are new every morning... for His grace is sufficient and His power is perfected in our weakness.

Even when the Lord permits the crushing weight of evil to bear down on His children, we have His eternal promise that all things - even those times when sickness and death assail us, ALL things work together for the eternal good of those that are called and fitting into His eternal plan. His healing hand never fails to comfort and succour His blood-bought children - for He crowns us all with loving-kindness and the tenderest of mercies.

And here in this verse we read: "The Lord satisfies our years with good things, so that our youth is renewed like the eagle." There is no good thing that the Lord will withhold from His children, for He gives us the desires of our heart when we delight ourselves in Him and align our will with His own perfect will - for He knows what is best and has scheduled each day of our lives for our good: "How precious also are Your thoughts towards me, O God! How vast is the sum of them."

The beautiful result of the man or women who has received God's perfect forgiveness is redemption, healing, comfort, provision, satisfaction and goodness. We are promised that "our youth is renewed like the eagle." Therefore, we do not lose heart for although our outer man is decaying and dying yet our inner man is being renewed, day by day.

Sickness and death may touch the body, but it has no impact on the soul. When we were saved, we received an inner man for we were made a new creation in Christ. We were given a new life - the resurrected life of the Lord Jesus Christ, Himself, and we are eternally clothed in Christ's own righteousness.

Our newly born-again life is being transformed, day by day, into His own image and likeness. Our inner man is growing in grace and in a knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, as we walk in spirit and truth and abide in Christ and He in us. And one day our natural body will be changed into a glorious and eternal body and we shall be like Him.

As we reflect on this 103rd Psalm of David and the privileges that are ours in Him, let our hearts and souls bless the Lord for His goodness, His grace, and His mercy, and let us never cease to thank Him for His unfathomable gift of salvation.

Let us offer Him our grateful thanks and praise, for He is our great God and eternal Kinsman-Redeemer. May His loving-kindness and eternal mercies engender in our hearts awe and wonder for this timeless truth: "That Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures," and that "ALL who believe on Him, will not perish but have everlasting life."

Praise His holy name.

My Prayer

Heavenly Father, how I bless You, Lord, with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength, for Your never-ending goodness and grace, and for the many benefits that You have bestowed on me and all Your children. Thank You that my sins are pardoned by grace through faith in Christ, that I have been redeemed from the pit, and crowned with Your lovingkindness and great compassion. You have satisfied my years with good things and continue to renew my strength like the eagle’s. Thank You that Your grace is sufficient for all the eventualities that may impact my life and for my eternal inheritance that is kept for me in heaven. Praise Your holy name! In Jesus' name I pray, AMEN.

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