Let all that I am praise the Lord;Psalm 103:1-5
with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.
2 Let all that I am praise the Lord;
may I never forget the good things he does for me.
3 He forgives all my sins
and heals all my diseases.
4 He redeems me from death
and crowns me with love and tender mercies.
5 He fills my life with good things.
My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!
What a beautiful Psalm to remind us that our prayers should be filled with praise, acknowledging the greatness of the One to whom we pray. Read and listen, hear how David names and thanks God for the things He has done personally for him. Praising God like this comes from the heart – from within the very soul of a person – and it flows from a relationship built through time and trials and abiding with one another.
Look at the flow of David’s thoughts poured out into words. He remembers how God has poured Himself out – both to him and for him and through the praises he reaches a testimony of being renewed like an eagle. Notice how this prayer of praise – declares a wholeheartedness and an acknowledgement of God’s holiness. David expresses his own desire to not forget the good things God has done for him and then begins to name them … forgiveness, healing, redemption, love and mercy are the things he names but suddenly, it’s as though you can hear David become overwhelmed at the thought of all God has done for him as he exclaims that his whole life is FILLED with good things – following these words of praise it’s as though he exhales with the realization that because of all of these good things his strength has been renewed and he feels young and strong – like an eagle. One commentary explains that ‘exhale’ like this: “The eagle molts: it casts off its old feathers and grows new ones, thereby gaining a new lease on life. Regardless of the believer’s age, he finds the strength and vitality he needs to do the Lord’s will.”
The rest of the Psalm is just as beautiful as he begins again to name and expound on the good acts and character of God. The final passage of the Psalm, verses 20-23, is a call by David to the LORD’s angels, armies, servants, and even his own soul to give praise to Yahweh!
It is clear and evident that praising God leads to more praises. Remembering and naming the things He has done sparks more and more praise to flow until there is an energy and excitement to ignite the fire of praise in everyone – clearly emphasizing the importance of prayer and the beautiful benefit of the outcome.
Be sure and read the final LGG Blog of this study on “The Importance of Prayer”.