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Psalm 103
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits; who pardons all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases; who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; who satisfies your years with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle. The LORD performs righteous judgments for all who are oppressed. He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the sons of Israel. The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness. He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him. For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust. As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. When the wind has passed over it, it is no more, and its place acknowleges it no longer. But the lovingkindness of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children's children, to those who keep His covenant and remember His precepts to do them. The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, and His sovereignty rules over all. Bless the LORD, you His angels, mighty in strength, who perform His word, obeying the voice of His word! Bless the LORD, all you His hosts, you who serve Him, doing His will. Bless the LORD, all you works of His, in all places of His dominion; bless the LORD, O my soul!

This psalm has been a steady read for the past week; each reading has become more and more rich, more and more profound. David seems to see and savor with depth and sage wisdom, clearly able to extol the holy name of the LORD and humbly declare the frailty of man. He seems to taste and see that the LORD is indeed good, and is sharing here what is overflowing from his heart. Yes, David here seems to be content with the goodness of God, and is giving us an example of what we should all sound like in such contentment.

Or is he?

This might also be the words of one who is commanding his soul to worship, a soul that is in dire straits and in need of a rock to stand upon. His words are words of truth, words that the blinded and stumbling man can speak to himself and to others in the midst of worldly pain. Yea, these words might also be the words of one who, having once tasted of the goodness of God, is now once more longing with fervor, knowning that nothing else on earth will satisfy, that nothing else is worthy of such praise.

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