Bless the Lord, oh my soul, and all that is within me.
Bless His holy name.
Bless the Lord, oh my soul, and forget not all His benefits;
Who forgives all our iniquities,
Who heals all our diseases,
Who redeems our lives from the pit,
Who crowns us with steadfast love and mercy,
Who satisfies our desires with good things,
So that our youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Isn’t it interesting that David seems to be talking to himself in this passage?
In fact, he is!
Why would David need to tell himself to bless the Lord?
It’s easy to sing God’s praises when life is good. When things are going as they should, praise and thanksgiving naturally spring up from within us, and flow out of us, without much thought.
But when faced with hardship; when pressed in on every side, it takes some serious effort to bring our praises to the Lord.