Psalm 103:1–5 (English Standard Version)
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not 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 so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
In this passage, David praises God and tells his readers to remember “all His benefits,” both physical and spiritual. It includes the forgiveness of sin, the healing of diseases, and the redeeming of the soul. David uses imagery to explain these benefits.
One image of a benefit is seen in the phrase “so that your youth is renewed like the eagle.” This is appropriate because the eagle is a symbol of vitality and strength. This may be referring to what is known as “molting,” Molting is a period in the eagle’s life where it loses its feathers and grows new ones, so its youth is, in a sense, renewed.
We all have been on the losing end in some way or another. But God’s Word for today tells us that we should still give God praise for what we have not lost. And we can take courage in knowing a period of renewal is coming.
With new wings, the eagle is able to fly much higher than before. So, sing with me, “For This, I Give You Praise.”