• William T. Howe Ph.D.

July 3, 2021

Daily Reading: Psalm 103-105

Psalm 103:1

Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

All is a big word. It means everything. The Psalmist states that he would: Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me… The word “all” is prominently used throughout Scripture. Jesus used the word when describing the greatest commandment of all. He said, And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: (Mark 12:30). In this commandment, Jesus broke down the phrase all that is within me into four subsections: the heart, the soul, the mind, and strength. When the Psalmist says all that is within me, it can be concluded that the heart, soul, mind, and strength is all that is within a person.

Why should a person bless the Lord with all that is within them? Notice the reasons the Psalmist gives:

His benefits, vs. 2

Forgiveness of all iniquities, vs. 3

Healing of all diseases, vs. 3

Redemption of life, vs. 4

He gives crowns of lovingkindness and tender mercies, vs. 4

Satisfies the mouth with good things, vs. 5

Renews the youth to a person, vs. 5

Causes to fly like an eagle, vs. 5

He executes righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed, vs. 6

He makes known his ways and acts, vs. 7

He is merciful, vs. 8

He is gracious, vs. 8

He is slow to anger, vs. 8

He has plenty of mercy, vs. 8

He will not always chide, vs. 9

His anger does not last forever, vs. 9

He does not deal with us for our sins, vs. 10

He does not reward us according to our iniquities, vs. 10

He removes our sins as far as the east is from the west, vs. 12

On and on it goes.

A person who does all of this for anyone who comes to Him by faith, now that is a person to be blessed with all that is within us! Amen.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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