David, the psalmist, demonstrates a heart filled with praise and thanksgiving in Psalm 103. He begins this song by reminding himself to praise the Lord. We need these kind of self-check reminders. David wants to remember the good things that the Lord has done for him, so he starts listing them in this psalm.
We can take David’s example and do the same thing. Consider what the Lord has done for you and give Him praise for His goodness to you. Write them in your journal.
Davids recognizes the gifts of forgiveness, healing, being ransomed from death, God’s tender loving mercies, and all the good things God has filled his life with. What else can you add to his list?
Lamentations 3:23 tells us that the Lord’s mercies are new every morning. What a beautiful promise that we can count on.
David recognizes the many facets of God’s character. We can look from Genesis to Revelations to see these truths about our great God. We, too,can praise God for Who He is.
- He is a God Who is slow to anger. Joel 2:13 “Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster.”
- He is a God of justice. Deuteronomy 32:4 “He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.”
- He is a gracious God. Ephesians 2:8-9 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.”
- He is a God filled with unfailing love. His love remains forever to those who fear Him. 2 Chronicles 20:21b “Give thanks to the Lord, for his steadfast love endures forever.”
- He is removes our sins as far as the east is from the west. Hebrews 8:12 “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”
- He is like a father to us, demonstrating compassion and tenderness to us. 1 John 3:1 “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God. And that is what we are…”
- He understands the weakness of our flesh. Hebrews 4:15 “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are- yet he did not sin.”
- He rules over everything. Ephesians 1:21 “Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else–not only in this world but also in the world to come.”
David knew His God well. God’s Word is full of examples of reasons to be thankful.
David completes Psalm 103 by reminding all mighty creatures to listen and obey, and to carry out the Lord’s commands. He tells the angels to praise the Lord, and repeats this again for all, for every created being should praise the Lord. And then David reminds everyone that he too will praise the Lord. How about you, is your heart filled with praise and thanksgiving?
This Thanksgiving season take time to read Psalm 103 and find reason to praise and give thanks to the Lord, for He is good and worthy of our praise!