Psalm 103 begins with, “Let all that I am praise the Lord, with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.” As I read those words I imagine the Psalmist thinking that since God is all in I should be as well. David remembers the good things God has done for him.
Now fast forward to today. We know God is all in since he gave his son’s life, so in our praise we should also be all in. If we are both all in then there is an emotional equality in the relationship. This kind of equal commitment is essential to a healthy relationship.
Let’s take a quick walk through the Psalm. At the start David mentions the good things God has given. So, what are these things? Forgiveness of sin, healing, redemption from death, love, tender mercy, renewed energy, righteousness and justice – now that’s quite a list.
We see from this Psalm that these benefits come from a benevolent father. His character has been revealed since the days of Moses. He is characterized by compassion, mercy, patience and unfailing love. God doesn’t constantly accuse us or remain angry forever AND he doesn’t punish us as harshly as we deserve. One of the neatest things is that our Father knows we are just dust. We are weak humans but he loves us still.
In contrast our Father sits on the throne in heaven. He rules over everything yet is accessible to us because of his unfailing love. So again we say, “Let all that I am, praise the Lord.”