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Psalm 103:1-2: Reading with a new mindset

December 27, 2018

The Verse of the Day for December 27, 2018 comes from Psalm 103:1-2, one of my favorite psalms posted in its entirety:

Psalm 103

[A Psalm] of David—Amplified Bible]

1 Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul; and all that is [deepest] within me, bless His holy name!
2 Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul, and forget not [one of] all His benefits—
3 Who forgives [every one of] all your iniquities, Who heals [each one of] all your diseases,
4 Who redeems your life from the pit and corruption, Who beautifies, dignifies, and crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercy;
5 Who satisfies your mouth [your necessity and desire at your personal age and situation] with good so that your youth, renewed, is like the eagle’s [strong, overcoming, soaring]!
6 The Lord executes righteousness and justice [not for me only, but] for all who are oppressed.
7 He made known His ways [of righteousness and justice] to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.
8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and plenteous in mercy and loving-kindness.
9 He will not always chide or be contending, neither will He keep His anger forever or hold a grudge.
10 He has not dealt with us after our sins nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great are His mercy and loving-kindness toward those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him.
12 As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father loves and pities his children, so the Lord loves and pities those who fear Him [with reverence, worship, and awe].
14 For He knows our frame, He [earnestly] remembers and imprints [on His heart] that we are dust.
15 As for man, his days are as grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
16 For the wind passes over it and it is gone, and its place shall know it no more.
17 But the mercy and loving-kindness of the Lord are from everlasting to everlasting upon those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him, and His righteousness is to children’s children—
18 To such as keep His covenant [hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying it] and to those who [earnestly] remember His commandments to do them [imprinting them on their hearts].
19 The Lord has established His throne in the heavens, and His kingdom rules over all.
20 Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, you His angels, you mighty ones who do His commandments, hearkening to the voice of His word.
21 Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, all you His hosts, you His ministers who do His pleasure.
22 Bless the Lord, all His works in all places of His dominion; bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul!

Although I had previously read the entire psalm many times, this morning’s reading impacted me deeply as I viewed the passage with a new mindset expressed in this original psalm with the Verse of the Day as its introduction:

A New Mindset

1 Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul;
and all that is [deepest] within me, bless His holy name!
2 Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not [one of] all His benefits—

Psalm 103:1-2 (Amplified Bible)

That you called us and chose us, may we never forget.
In response we vow to serve and honor the Lord.
Like David, we declare we will not forget your Word.
Transformed into the image of Christ with a new mindset,
Like Jacob, we walk by faith despite our circumstance.
Just as the Good Shepherd richly provides for his flock,
So you will feed us with sweet honey flowing from the rock,
For God is faithful to provide yet another chance
To demonstrate once more the power of God to change.
Though we may not see them, we father countless hosts of sons,
Future heirs of Kingdom salvation, His chosen ones:
Endless influence only the hand of God could arrange.
We shall soar to new heights far beyond where we have been
And behold our true selves—as giants among mighty men.

We close with a musical rendering of Psalm 103 by Zach Jones:

Never forget: Always remember

December 27, 2017

Psalm 103--1-2

As the years have been swiftly passing by, I have noticed a need to change my routine with regard to remembering certainly tasks that I need to accomplish. Up until the past three or four years, I would simply make a mental note that I needed to give someone a call when I arrived home or respond to a specific request before the day was over. After several instances where I totally forgot, I realized that I needed to write a note or make a list so that I would not forget. Even though I wrote myself a note, from time to time I would forget that I had written the note to myself. Despite my best efforts to remember, I would still forget.

In the Verse of the Day for December 27, 2017, the Psalmist encourages himself “not to forget”:

Psalm 103:1-2 (New King James Version)

[Praise for the Lord’s Mercies] [A Psalm of David. ] Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:

The New Living Translation offers this rendering:

Let all that I am praise the Lord;
with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.
Let all that I am praise the Lord;
may I never forget the good things he does for me.

The Amplified Bible adds this:

Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul; and all that is [deepest] within me, bless His holy name!

Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul, and forget not [one of] all His benefits—

This celebrated passage also brings to mind a similar sentiment expressed in Psalm 119:93 (NKJV):

I will never forget Your precepts, for by them You have given me life.

Note how this truth is expressed in the New Living Translation:

The Living Bible renders the verse in this way:

93 I will never lay aside your laws, for you have used them to restore my joy and health.

The Amplified Bible puts it this way:

93 I will never forget Your precepts, [how can I?] for it is by them You have quickened me (granted me life).

The idea of “never forgetting” can also be expressed in another way, in terms of “always remembering.” From my early school years I recall the mathematical axiom: “Things equal to the same thing are also equal to one another.” I also remember listening to a teaching series by Dr. David Jeremiah in which I made some notes regarding keys to not forgetting the Word of God. I used this heading for my comments: Do Remember God’s Goodness (Don’t Forget How Good God’s Been).

That discussion also brought to mind lyrics to an old familiar gospel song: “Do Lord, Do Lord, Do remember me.” Just as God declares that He won’t forget us (Isaiah 49:15-16), we must remember not to forget God and His precepts. To facilitate the remembrance of God’s goodness, I suggest writing down those times of deliverance, of answered prayers.

Dr. Charles Stanley recommends that we write down those victories as reminders to go back and read in the dark times when God seems distant and so far away.  During times of turmoil and mounting pressures that tend to obscure our vision of who God is and what He will do, during these turbulent, ever-changing chaotic times in which we live, these lyrics express our commitment never to forget God’s goodness:

We will remember. We will remember

We will remember your love in times of joy, in times of sorrow.

We will remember, always remember, each triumphant victory we have won

In the love you displayed in Your Son.

We will remember, always remember

We will remember. We will remember.

 

We will remember the fire that first warmed our hearts.

We will remember. We will remember.

We will remember the desire to love and to serve only You.

We will remember, always remember.

We will never forget Your Word.

We will remember, always remember.

We will never forget You are our Lord.

We will remember, always remember.

We will remember. We will remember.

We will remember, always remember.

We will never forget Your Word.

To close out this blog entry Tommy Walker offers this magnificent praise and worship song: “We Will Remember.”

Bless the Lord, O my soul

December 27, 2016

psalm-103-1

From Psalm 103:1-2 in the Amplified Bible comes the Verse of the Day for December 27, 2016. In reflecting upon this magnificent psalm, let us widen our focus to the first six verses:

Psalm 103:1-6 (AMP):

Bless and affectionately praise the Lord, O my soul,
And all that is [deep] within me, bless His holy name.

Bless and affectionately praise the Lord, O my soul,
And do not forget any of His benefits;

Who forgives all your sins,
Who heals all your diseases;

Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you [lavishly] with lovingkindness and tender mercy;

Who satisfies your years with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the [soaring] eagle.


The Lord executes righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed.

The joyous words of the Psalmist encourage each believer not to forget the blessings and benefits that God has bestowed upon us. He goes on to celebrate the glorious attributes of God, who forgives, redeems, satisfies, and executes righteousness and justice.

As we come to the close of another year and prepare our hearts for the blessings as well as the challenges God has in store in the coming year, let us not forget all His benefits but remember just how good God has been over the course of our lives but especially over the past year.

Psalm 103:1-6 is set to music as a Christian Worship and Scripture song by Esther Mui:

Forget not but remember

December 27, 2015

Psalm_103-1

From Psalm 103:1-2 in the New Living Testament comes the Verse of the Day for December 27, 2015:

[Psalm 103] [A psalm of David.] Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me.

An expanded translation of these two verses is found in the Amplified Bible:

Psalm 103:1-2

1BLESS (AFFECTIONATELY, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul; and all that is [deepest] within me, bless His holy name!

2Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul, and forget not [one of] all His benefits—

The words of the Psalmist encourage believers not to forget the blessings and benefits that God has bestowed upon us. Unfortunately, it is so easy to forget God’s blessings and to take His generosity for granted. This seems to be especially the case after occasions where the blessings of the Lord are so clearly evident, such as those times when we are basking the overflow of God’s bountiful goodness following a great celebration, such as this past Christmas. One way that we can never forget is to always remember: to consciously recall and write down the blessings that we enjoy. The exhortation from Psalm 103, one of my favorite Psalms, brings to mind this song:

I Will Remember

I will remember. I will remember
I will remember your love in times of joy, in times of sorrow.
I will remember, always remember, each triumphant victory we have won
In the love you displayed in Your Son.
I will remember, always remember
I will remember. I will remember.
I will remember the fire that first warmed my heart.
I will remember. I will remember.
I will remember the desire to love and to serve only You.

I will remember, always remember.
I will never forget Your Word.
I will remember, always remember.
I will never forget You are my Lord.
I will remember, always remember.
I will remember. I will remember.
I will remember, always remember.
I will never forget Your Word.

As we come to the close of another year and prepare our hearts for the blessings and the challenges that God has in store in the coming year, let us not forget all His benefits but remember just how good God has been.

Listen to a musical rendering of Psalm 103 from the King James Version:

Never forget: Always remember

July 29, 2015
The beautiful petals of five lobes of the "forget-me-not" bring to mind the words of Psalm 119:93.

The beautiful petals of five lobes of the “forget-me-not” bring to mind the words of Psalm 119:93.

On July 29, 2015 the Verse of the Day is found in Psalm 119:93 (KJV) where the Psalmist boldly declares:

I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me.

Note how this truth is expressed in the New Living Translation:

Psalm 119:93

I will never forget your commandments,

for by them you give me life.

The Living Bible renders the verse in this way:

93 I will never lay aside your laws, for you have used them to restore my joy and health.

The Amplified Bible puts it this way:

93 I will never forget Your precepts, [how can I?] for it is by them You have quickened me (granted me life).

The Psalmist expresses similar sentiments in Psalm 103:1-2 in the familiar King James Version:

Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:

The New Living Translation offers this rendering:

Let all that I am praise the Lord;
with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.
Let all that I am praise the Lord;
may I never forget the good things he does for me.

The Amplified Bible adds this:

Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul; and all that is [deepest] within me, bless His holy name!

Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul, and forget not [one of] all His benefits—

The idea of “never forgetting” can also be expressed in another way, in terms of “always remembering.” From my early school years I recall the mathematical axiom: “Things equal to the same thing are also equal to one another.” I also remember listening to a teaching series by Dr. David Jeremiah in which I made some notes regarding keys to not forgetting the Word of God. I used this heading for my comments: Do Remember God’s Goodness (Don’t Forget How Good God’s Been).

That discussion also brought to mind lyrics to an old familiar gospel song: “Do Lord, Do Lord, Do remember me.” Just as God declares that He won’t forget us (Isaiah 49:15-16), we must remember not to forget God and His precepts. To facilitate the remembrance of God’s goodness, I suggest writing down those times of deliverance, of answered prayers. Dr. Charles Stanley recommends that we write down those victories as reminders to go back and read in the dark times when God seems distant and so far away.

During times of turmoil and mounting pressures that tend to obscure our vision of who God is and what He will do, we must remember that God does not forget:

A Reminder: God Is Faithful

For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love,  

which you have shown toward his name,  

in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.                           

Hebrews 6:10

The good deeds that you have done may not be extolled

When the fervor of God’s love has long since grown cold.

Some quickly forget all the good that you have done

And fail to recall that you were the only one

To answer the call, seek the Lord and intercede.

Time after time you were the one to meet the need.

When others were busy and chose to walk away,

You were there and remained in the thick of the fray.

In dark times when words of thanks are distant memories,

Recall that God knows all things, for He alone sees

Your labor and saves all the tears that you have shed.

Our Father is ever mindful of how you serve,

And He shall reward you beyond all you deserve.

As you strive to finish your course, have no regret:

Our God is faithful–He will never forget.

As I reflected upon the Verse of the Day, I thought of the lyrics to an original song in which I expressed a similar desire:

I Will Remember

I will remember. I will remember

I will remember your love in times of joy, in times of sorrow.

I will remember, always remember, each triumphant victory we have won

In the love you displayed in Your Son.

I will remember, always remember

I will remember. I will remember.

I will remember the fire that first warmed my heart.

I will remember. I will remember.

I will remember the desire to love and to serve only You.

I will remember, always remember.

I will never forget Your Word.

I will remember, always remember.

I will never forget You are my Lord.

I will remember, always remember.

I will remember. I will remember.

I will remember, always remember.

I will never forget Your Word.

To close out this blog entry Tommy Walker offers this magnificent praise and worship song: “We Will Remember.”

Psalm 103:1-2–Bless the Lord, O my soul

December 27, 2014

Psalm_103-1

The Verse of the Day for December 27, 2014 is taken from the first two verses of Psalm 103, one of my favorite psalms:

Psalm 103: 1-2 (NKJV)

Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:

Andrae Crouch offers a familiar musical version of “Bless His Holy Name” inspired by the first verse of Psalm 103:

The New Living Translation provides this rendering of these two verses:

Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.

Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me.

This passage in the Amplified Bible is especially well expressed in a more detailed manner. Indeed, the opening verses are but an appetizer to the full course of the entire psalm which is posted below followed by musical rendering by Zach Jones:

Psalm 103

[A Psalm] of David–Amplified Bible

Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul; and all that is [deepest] within me, bless His holy name!

Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul, and forget not [one of] all His benefits—

Who forgives [every one of] all your iniquities, Who heals [each one of] all your diseases,

Who redeems your life from the pit and corruption, Who beautifies, dignifies, and crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercy;

Who satisfies your mouth [your necessity and desire at your personal age and situation] with good so that your youth, renewed, is like the eagle’s [strong, overcoming, soaring]!

The Lord executes righteousness and justice [not for me only, but] for all who are oppressed.

He made known His ways [of righteousness and justice] to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.

The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and plenteous in mercy and loving-kindness.

He will not always chide or be contending, neither will He keep His anger forever or hold a grudge.

10 He has not dealt with us after our sins nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great are His mercy and loving-kindness toward those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him.

12 As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.

13 As a father loves and pities his children, so the Lord loves and pities those who fear Him [with reverence, worship, and awe].

14 For He knows our frame, He [earnestly] remembers and imprints [on His heart] that we are dust.

15 As for man, his days are as grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes.

16 For the wind passes over it and it is gone, and its place shall know it no more.

17 But the mercy and loving-kindness of the Lord are from everlasting to everlasting upon those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him, and His righteousness is to children’s children—

18 To such as keep His covenant [hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying it] and to those who [earnestly] remember His commandments to do them [imprinting them on their hearts].

19 The Lord has established His throne in the heavens, and His kingdom rules over all.

20 Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, you His angels, you mighty ones who do His commandments, hearkening to the voice of His word.

21 Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, all you His hosts, you His ministers who do His pleasure.

22 Bless the Lord, all His works in all places of His dominion; bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul!