1 Praise the Lord, O my soul:
and all that is within me, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the Lord, O my soul:
and forget not all his benefits,
3 Who forgives all your sin:
and heals all your infirmities,
4 Who redeems your life from the Pit:
and crowns you with mercy and compassion;
5 Who satisfies your being with good things:
so that your youth is renewed like an eagle’s.
6 The Lord works righteousness:
and justice for all who are oppressed.
7 He made known his ways to Moses:
and his works to the children of Israel.
8 The Lord is full of compassion and mercy:
slow to anger and of great goodness.
9 He will not always be chiding:
nor will he keep his anger for ever.
10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins:
nor rewarded us according to our wickedness.
11 For as the heavens are high above the earth:
so great is his mercy over those that fear him;
12 As far as the east is from the west:
so far has he set our sins from us.
13 As a father is tender towards his children:
so is the Lord tender to those that fear him.
14 For he knows of what we are made:
he remembers that we are but dust.
15 Our days are but as grass:
we flourish like a flower of the field;
16 When the wind goes over it, it is gone:
and its place will know it no more.
17 But the merciful goodness of the Lord
endures for ever and ever toward those that fear him:
and his righteousness upon their children’s children;
18 Upon those who keep his covenant:
and remember his commandments to do them.
19 The Lord has established his throne in heaven:
and his kingdom rules over all.
20 Praise the Lord, all you his angels, you that excel in strength:
you that fulfil his word, and obey the voice of his commandment.
21 Praise the Lord, all you his hosts:
his servants who do his will.
22 Praise the Lord, all his works, in all places of his dominion:
praise the Lord, O my soul!
Notes on Psalm 103
We praise God. We offer praise and thanks and enter into the love which characterises the relationship not BECAUSE we get blessings from being in connection with God but even sometimes despite an apparent lack of any tangible benefit. We praise God simply for how God is. And in that relationship we recognise blessings because our hearts are open.