Praise the Lord, My Soul

Psalm 103:1 says, “Praise the Lord, my soul, all my inmost being, praise his holy name.”

I am not always in the right mood to praise the Lord.  Sometimes in the midst of life, with all its struggles and heartache, I don’t feel very worshipful.  I like this verse because I relate to it.  It sounds like David is talking himself into praising God, “all my inmost being, praise his holy name.”  It sounds like he is giving his soul a pep talk.  “Hey soul…wake up and praise him!  Stop being so selfish and remember to praise God.”  Do you ever feel that way?  Do you ever feel like it is difficult to get in the mood to praising God?  One thing is for sure, it’s not God’s fault.  Our Lord is easy to praise.  David reminds us of how worthy of praise God really is later in the same Psalm.  Listen to verses 8-12:

“The Lord is compassionate and gracious;
slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”

If we remind ourselves daily of whom God is; compassionate, gracious, loving, patient, forgiving, merciful, just, and forgiving; we can’t help but be ready to worship God.  If you are not in the mood to worship him today…it’s not his fault.  Fortunate for us God forgives us of our failings, even our failings to show him the correct praise.  But we can do something about today.  Let’s give our souls a pep talk today because He is worthy of praise.  “Praise the Lord, my soul.”

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