A Light for My Path Devotional

My Whole Being, Praise the Lord

PSALM 103:2 (NCV)
My whole being, praise the Lord and do not forget all his kindnesses.

As I listened to the smooth voice reading scripture on my CD, one phrase caught my attention–“My whole being, praise the Lord and do not forget all his kindnesses.” Although the wording was different, I recognized it as the verse I learned in childhood, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits.” They were the words penned by David in Psalm 103:2. I had quoted them often, but in that moment, I asked myself, “What does that phrase mean in real life terms?

“My whole being, praise the Lord,” is actually a command. It’s self-talk. It’s me, telling me what to praise the Lord! All of me, praise the Lord!

“My whole being” refers to my body, my soul (mind, will, and emotions), and my spirit. The Message puts it this way, “From head to toe, I’ll bless his holy name!”

In other words, my mind needs to think on Him, His attributes, His power, His greatness. I need to maintain an attitude of worship.

With my mouth I must repeat what is in my heart and mind, giving verbal assent to what I know to be true of Him.

With my body, I must live in such a way as to honor and glorify Him so that the world may see His Spirit working to conform me to His image. John 15 tells me that the world will judge Him according to what they see in my life. I must live according to His Word. I must do the next right thing.

David obviously loved that special phrase because he repeated it many times in other places:

Psalm 103:22
Everything the Lord has made should praise him in all the places he rules. My whole being, praise the Lord.

Psalm 104:1
My whole being, praise the Lord. Lord my God, you are very great. You are clothed with glory and majesty;

Psalm 104:35
Let sinners be destroyed from the earth, and let the wicked live no longer. My whole being, praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.

Psalm 146:1
Praise the Lord! My whole being, praise the Lord.

“My whole being, praise the Lord” is all about what I think, what I say, and what I do. It means living in a way that pleases Him, and reflects His image to the world around me. It shows that my walk matches my talk. It’s not a once-in-a-while thing, but rather a day-to-day lifestyle of “living for Jesus a life that is true.”

Prayer: Lord, may my whole being praise You every day, in every way.”

Related Devotional:
Thank Him for His Creation

By Ann Shorb
Copyright Ann Shorb, 2013

Scripture taken from the New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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