Praise the Lord, O My Soul

Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.  The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel: The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. 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, he remembers that we are dust.  As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children – with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts .The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all. Praise the Lord, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word. Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will. Praise the Lord, all his works everywhere in his dominion.  Praise the Lord, O my soul.  Psalm 103

Today as we end our November month of praise with hearts full of gratitude for God, no passage could adequately express our feelings more than this prayer of praise found in the 103rd Psalm. What beautiful words by David, as he begins and ends with the reminder that our hearts, minds, and souls should praise God and give Him glory for all the benefits and blessings He has so graciously bestowed upon us. May our hearts continue to be filled with thanksgiving and love for Him.

Prayer

Dear God, may we praise you on this Sabbath day and every day for your everlasting love and all your many blessings to us. Thank you for your Word and the peace it can bring to our hearts and souls. Thank you for the gift of family and friends, and for the love and care you always provide.  May we always seek you, love you, and keep your truths and promises in our hearts. Amen

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