"Praise the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, praise His holy
name" (Psalm 103:1).
Singing a song of praise to God is one way of worshipping Him, and David spent
a lot of time worshipping God in this way. In Psalm 103, David shows us
that we can worship God in lots of other ways as well. As we learn more
about God, we need to take time to worship Him regularly just as David did.
Use Everything to Worship God:
God created us to know and worship Him. But, if you are a Christian, the
devil will try to get you to use your mind, mouth, heart, hands, feet, eyes,
or ears to do anything else, except to honour God.
However, God gave you a body and mind so you can use every part of you to
worship and praise God:
- A mind to think about God and how big and almighty He is.
- A mouth to praise God by singing and telling Him how wonderful He is.
- A heart to love Him for whom He is and for all that He has done.
- Hands to play songs on a musical instrument, write poems about His
greatness, or draw pictures or paintings of what He has done for you.
- Feet to take you places where you can praise Him - at school, church,
youth and at home.
- Eyes to read about God in the Bible and see His beautiful creation.
- Ears to listen to beautiful sounds in God's creation and to hear
about God's love.
Remember How Wonderful God Is:
You need to remind yourself as David did, that you should take time to
worship God. David knew it would be easy to forget God's goodness,
but he was determined that he wasn't going to do that. In verse 2
"Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits"
Forgiveness for Sins:
David was especially thankful for God's promise to forgive his sins, and
understood what a wonderful blessing it is to be cleansed and forgiven.
Because God wanted to cleanse and forgive our sins, He sent Jesus
to die on the cross. God required that blood be shed to pay for
sin, and so Jesus shed His blood to pay for the sins of everyone who will
accept Him as their Saviour. In verses 3, 10 and 12, David
"Who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases.
"He does not treat us as our sins deserve or punish us according to our
"As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our sins from
You can come to Jesus for Salvation by admitting to Him that you are a
sinner and asking Him to forgive you. And then asking Him to save
you and make you His child. God has promised that He will receive
and accept all who come to Him in this way.
God is Gracious:
(a) God saves us from Hell and protects us from danger and sin. He also
provides our daily food and meets all our needs. Verse 4 and 5 says:
"Who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and
"Who satisfies your desires with good things."
(b) God is merciful and patiently corrects us and leads us in our daily lives.
Verses 8 and 9 assure us that:
"The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in
"He will not keep His anger forever."
(c) He is like a father and understands our human frailties. Verses 13
and 14 teach us that:
"As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion
on those who fear Him."
"For He knows how we are formed, and remembers that we are dust."
(d) God is everlasting and is above all things (v17, 19):
"The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who
"The Lord has established His throne in Heaven, and His kingdom rules over
When David thought about God's greatness, he couldn't help worshipping Him.
To worship means to tell God how much you love and admire Him for
whom He is. One way you worship God is to praise Him, telling Him how
much you appreciate His greatness and beauty and all that He does for you.
Another way to worship God is to give Him thanks for the things He
has given you.
When you study God's Word, you begin to learn how wonderful God really is,
and you should want to keep learning more about Him. Only as you get
to know God, will you be able to worship Him the way He deserves to be
worshipped, and find the special joy that God gives to those who know Him
David finished Psalm 103 in verse 22, by giving his grateful worship to God:
"Praise the Lord, O my soul."
We can do the same, so make time to worship God this week, and set aside a
time to get alone where you can think about what God has done for you and
what He is like. Talk to Him and tell Him how wonderful He is and how
much you appreciate all He has done.
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