Psalm 103

Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

Hope Springs Eternal (When it is Rooted in Truth)

Perhaps I am most restored to a sense of HOPE, when I receive and embrace TRUTH. When God makes a promise from His Word, not only is it true, but it is also certain to be kept.

Psalm 103 has been a great source of hope for me, because it contains many promises of God. King David exhorts the reader to ‘Bless the LORD’ and to ‘forget none of His benefits’, right in the first two verses. He then proceeds to list the many benefits of believing by faith what the LORD has said He will do, including;

"pardoning iniquities, healing diseases, redeeming lives from the pit, crowning us with lovingkindness and compassion, filling lives with good things and (perhaps my favorite!) renewing my youth like the eagle."

Those ‘benefits’ of placing my faith in the LORD give me encouragement and hope. He goes on to give us one of the greatest promises of God in all of Scripture:

"For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us." v.11

As if that wasn’t enough to shore us up, he goes on to assure us with these wonderful truths:

"…the lovingkindness of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting" (totally forever!) "on those who fear Him…" 

He continues by establishing the LORD’s supreme authority by saying:

"The LORD has established His throne in the heavens and His sovereignty rules over all."

Do you believe these promises are true? I HOPE that you do!

Dear Lord, May we not forget the greatness of your love. Help us to always remember how you have redeemed us, saved us, forgiven us, and how you now work in our lives to transform us.

Kinney Dehamel