Psalm 103

A psalm of David.

1 I will praise the Lord.

Deep down inside me, I will praise him.

I will praise him, because his name is holy.

2 I will praise the Lord.

I won’t forget anything he does for me.

3 He forgives all my sins.

He heals all my sicknesses.

4 He saves my life from going down into the grave.

His faithful and tender love makes me feel like a king.

5 He satisfies me with the good things I long for.

Then I feel young and strong again, just like an eagle.

6 The Lord does what is right and fair

for all who are beaten down.

7 He told Moses all about his plans.

He let the people of Israel see his mighty acts.

8 The Lord is tender and kind. He is gracious.

He is slow to get angry. He is full of love.

9 He won’t keep bringing charges against us.

He won’t stay angry with us forever.

10 He doesn’t punish us for our sins as much as we should be punished.

He doesn’t pay us back in keeping with the evil things we’ve done.

11 His love for those who have respect for him

is as high as the heavens are above the earth.

12 He has removed our lawless acts from us

as far as the east is from the west.

13 A father is tender and kind to his children.

In the same way, the Lord is tender and kind

to those who have respect for him.

14 He knows what we are made of.

He remembers that we are dust.

15 People’s lives are like grass.

People grow like the flowers in the field.

16 When the wind blows on them, they are gone.

No one can tell that they had ever been there.

17 But the Lord’s love

for those who have respect for him

lasts for ever and ever.

Their children’s children will know

that he always does what is right.

18 He always loves those who keep his covenant.

He always does what is right for those who remember to obey his commands.

19 The Lord has set up his throne in heaven.

His kingdom rules over all.

20 Praise the Lord, you angels of his.

Praise him, you mighty ones

who carry out his orders and obey his word.

21 Praise the Lord, all you angels in heaven.

Praise him, all you who serve him and do what he wants.

22 Let everything the Lord has made praise him

everywhere in his kingdom.

I will praise the Lord.


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