Psalm 103

2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits. 3 Who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, 5 who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagles. (ESV)

I have always thought the phrase ‘Bless the Lord” was weird. It just seems like we are the ones that get blessed, not the other way around. But when you look at the word and see how David was using it in this phrasing, it takes on fresh meaning. The Hebrew word here is bârak, which is used 332 times in the KJV and translated as bless 302 times. The other 30 times are broken up to different variances and synonyms. I think if we have the right definition for bless it fits perfectly in this passage but for many people we think of the word blessing as either receiving something (money, a child, a house, lifestyle….) or from outside of the faith people think of a Priest blessing people. So when you come from that point of view what in the world am I going to give the Creator God? So the definition of bless that should be used here is ‘express or feel gratitude for,’ or just ADORE.

Adore the Lord, do not forget what He has done and will do. He’s forgiven you of all sin, He heals every disease and affliction, He saved you from the pit, He surrounds you with steadfast love and mercy, He fills you with good so that your energy soars like the Eagles. (cody davenport version) CDV

Whatever is going on in your life, take a moment to adore God today. Not because of your circumstance but because He is worthy regardless. He is still in the business of saving, forgiving and healing. Remember Him today. Cling to Him today and tomorrow, not your stuff that you have been “blessed” with.


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