Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits–who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s” (Psalm 103:1-5).
Psalm 103 is a meditation on the character of God, a psalm in which the psalmist emphasizes God’s goodness and his forgiving love. In fact, this psalm also can be understood as a commentary on the nature and character of God as expressed in Exodus 34:6-7.
The psalmist begins by calling on people to bless the Lord because of his abundant mercy and for his willingness to forgive. The seven studies below begin with the call to bless the Lord and then study the six aspects of God’s character described in verses two through five.
Studies on Psalm 103
Professor of Old Testament
Northern Baptist Seminary