1Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise His Holy Name.
2Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all His benefits—
3Who forgives all our sins
and heals all our diseases,
4Who redeems our life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
6The Lord works righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed.
7He made known His Ways to Moses,
His deeds to the people of Israel:
8The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
9He will not always accuse,
nor will He harbor His anger forever;
10He does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
11For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is His love for those who fear Him;
12as far as the east is from the west,
so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
13As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him;
14for He knows how we are formed,
He remembers that we are dust.
15The life of mortals is like grass,
they flourish like a flower of the field;
16the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more.
17But from everlasting to everlasting
the Lord’s love is with those who fear Him,
and His righteousness with their children’s children—
18with those who keep His Covenant
and remember to obey His Precepts.
19The Lord has established His Throne in heaven,
and His Kingdom rules over all.
20Praise the Lord, you His angels,
you mighty ones who do His bidding,
who obey His word.
21Praise the Lord, all His heavenly hosts,
you His servants who do His will.
22Praise the Lord, all His works
everywhere in His Dominion.
Praise the Lord, my soul.
This psalm calls more for devotion than exposition; it is a most excellent psalm of praise, and of general use.
I. Stirs up himself and his own soul to praise God (v. 1, 2) for His favor to him in particular (v. 3-5), to the church in general, and to all good men, to whom He is, and will be, just, and kind, and constant (v. 6-18), and for His government of the world (v. 19).
II. He desires the assistance of the holy angels, and all the works of God, in praising Him (v. 20-22).
In singing this Psalm we must in a special manner get our hearts affected with the goodness of God and enlarged in love and thankfulness.