This sermon was delivered on Thanksgiving Week (November 2010) at God of Grace Christian Fellowship, Inc., Escario St., Cebu City.
Thanksgiving is certainly a good time of the year to remember all our blessings from God. That’s exactly what David is doing in Psalm 103. He wants to remember and count his blessings. He begins by saying, “Bless the LORD, O my soul!” “Bless” (v. 1) (Heb. barak), here means, “to praise” (Piel). David is talking to himself here. He’s telling his soul. The soul in Hebraic thought represents the whole man or woman, the whole person, the whole being. David is saying that his whole being shall bless the LORD.
Psalm 103:2, “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.” “Forget” here is from the Hebrew word, shakach, “to cease to care” (BDB); “to be oblivious of, from want of memory or attention” (Strong) David is telling his soul, “Soul, don’t forget. Don’t be unmindful or insensitive about his benefits. Remember them.” David gets it right, because we tend to be insensitive, unmindful, and careless about the benefits we have received from the LORD.
I must note that these benefits are personal, for David is talking only about his soul, himself, in the singular form (himself) and not plural form (Israel/peoples). What are these personal benefits that we should not forget about? more