Prayer of Praise, Blessing and Thanksgiving
If you’ve ever wondered what to pray for, what to be thankful for, in short - what to speak to God about - then Psalm 103 is the answer for you. It outlines the fact that God is worthy of praise, has blessed us, met our needs, gave us compassion, forgiveness, healing, redemption, and satisfaction. In return, our reasonable service and response is obedience and thankfulness.
Think about it: The angels (Psalm 148:2, Revelation 7:11-12) and the creatures of nature (Colossians 1:16, Psalm 19:1, Revelation 4:11) where created to worship Him. And they do so despite the fact that they, unlike us, have not sinned and are not in need of His pardon. But we have sinned. And if, by His grace, we have been made His child, then we have been bought with a price, redeemed, with our sins removed so far from us that they are forgotten!
So let us get in the habit of opening and closing our days, as David did in Psalm 103, with our acknowledgement that the Lord is to be blessed, and thanked!
1 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
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 eagle's.
6 The Lord works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.
7 He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel.
8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9 He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever.
10 He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
13 As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
14 For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust.
15 As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field;
16 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more.
17 But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children's children,
18 to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments.
19 The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all.
20 Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word!
21 Bless the Lord, all his hosts, his ministers, who do his will!
22 Bless the Lord, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the Lord, O my soul!