Psalms 103:1 —- Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
The book of Psalms is one of the truly majestic pieces of biblical literature. It is a collection of 150 songs inspired by the Spirit of God. Psalms 103 may be called the “Mt. Everest” of praise psalms. It exalts the soul to breath-taking heights. It is a psalm of David.
To bless the “holy name” of God is to praise the Lord for His intrinsic holiness. The writer strains his entire being — everything “that is within” him — to express his feelings.
Have you ever been through a dark cloud of life, wherein your heart was wrenched with agony? Finally, then, arriving at “yonder” shore, you find yourself so overwhelmed with thanksgiving and joy that you virtually weep for the lack of ability to adequately thank your God. Such, apparently, was the emotion of the great king David on this occasion.
David speaks to Himself. His soul and his mind are sad and so He stirs himself up and praises God. In our daily life, we face many trials and go through a lot of pressure. Do we remember to praise God in the midst of our trials? Praising God in the midst of our trial is not easy, our emotions will be negative but we have to develop this habit of praising God.
God is a holy God without sin in Him, and He loves us unconditionally even when we do not please Him. He is the God in whom the fountain of love flows, where all good things flow. This is why we have to remember, God created us in His likeness and image. Because of the corruption that came through Adam and Eve, our soul is not holy. However, because of God’s mercy and understanding, He looks on us with mercy and compassion. He works in us to change our lives and make us more like Jesus.
What rich truths lie buried in Psalms 103:1. Surely the balance of the Psalm would warrant an equally keen interest. Why not give it some consideration?
The deepest level of worship is praising God in spite of the pain, thanking God during the trials, trusting Him when we are tempted to lose Hope and LOVING HIM when He seems so distant and far away.