Praise The Lord Regardless of Circumstances

Many years ago A.J. Gordon went to the World’s Fair. From a distance he saw a man pumping water with one of those old hand pumps. The water was pouring out and he said as he looked, “That man is really pumping water.” But when he got closer, he discovered that it was a … More

Circumstances

Spurgeon said, “There is too much in this Psalm for a thousand pens to write. It has often been referred to as David’s Hallelujah Chorus. It contains twenty-two verses - the same number as there are letters in the Hebrew alphabet. In the original text the verses are all of uniform length and all contain two lines each. It is a composition of praise by the psalmist to the God of Israel whom he loved so dearly.

David calls upon all his faculties to bless the holy name of God. He begins his list of blessings:

  1. “who forgiveth all thine iniquities” - (v. 3)
  2. “who healeth all thy diseases” - (v. 3)
  3. “who redeemeth thy life from destruction” (v. 4)
  4. “who crowneth thee with loving-kindness and tender mercies (v. 4)
  5. “who satisfieth thy mouth with good things” (v. 5)

The psalmist turns his attention completely to praising God for His divine character (vv. 8-10). He says that “the Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not chide (contend): neither will he keep his anger forever. This means that God will not always contend with those who sin. Regardless of circumstances He bears no grudges and harbors no resentments. God does not punish us as we deserve or we would be consigned to hell forever. We need to praise God for what He has not done to us, as well as for what He has done for us.

Application

It is easy to complain about circumstances in my life but David’s list gives me plenty for which to praise God. If I feel as though I have nothing to praise God for I need to read David’s list.

Psalms 103:1-14 (English Standard Version)

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. The LORD works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel. The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.

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