by: Denise Robinson
You might be familiar with the opening verses to today's psalm. It is a hymn of thanksgiving for God's goodness.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget 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 as long as you live, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. The Lord works vindication and justice for all who are oppressed .. The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love .. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities .. as far as the east is from the west, so far he removes our transgressions from us .. The steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him .. to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments .. Bless the Lord, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the Lord, O my soul. (Ps. 103)
God removes our transgressions from us as far as the east is from the west and God's steadfast love is from everlasting to everlasting. What wonderful words of trust in God and reasons for thanksgiving to God! Take a few minutes today, morning or evening, sit back and enjoy the words of this psalm and its familiiar refrain: "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!"