“Praise the Lord, my soul; all of my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits”103:1-2
An integral aspect of our Christian life is worshipping God. However, in moments of turmoil and confusion when we do not understand what is happening, it becomes extremely difficult to worship. In these moments, there is no space in our hearts for worship and we tend to complain, become discouraged, and deeply sad.
King David set a wonderful example of this. He was a man that experienced many painful moments in his life however, in Psalm 34:1-2 he wrote: “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. You might be asking yourself “How can I do this?” Well, the answer is simple. David realized that by looking at his past and remembering all the blessings he had received from God, he was able to fortify his faith in the present moment.
David teaches us in Psalm 103 how to worship God without caring about our adverse circumstances. He begins by telling his soul: “Praise the Lord, my soul; all of my inmost being, praise his holy name. In other words, he is saying: “Oh my soul bless your creator, bless the Lord, bless Him who is worthy of all praise. Independently of how you feel oh my soul bless the Lord! Secondly, David states: “Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits.”
The important point is that remembering God’s blessings towards us is essential for us to be able to worship Him at all times. Remembering all of His benefits towards us is more than enough reason to worship Him. Remembering that He saved us from sin should be the catalyst that will move our faith and enable us to stand firm believing. If he has helped us in the past, he will help us in the present. Amen!