December 09, 2002 Copyright © by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- Of David. 1 Bless the LORD, my soul; all my being, bless his holy name!
- Bless the LORD, my soul; do not forget all the gifts of God,
- Who pardons all your sins, heals all your ills,
- Delivers your life from the pit, surrounds you with love and compassion,
- 2 Fills your days with good things; your youth is renewed like the eagle's.
- The LORD does righteous deeds, brings justice to all the oppressed.
- His ways were revealed to Moses, mighty deeds to the people of Israel.
- Merciful and gracious is the LORD, slow to anger, abounding in kindness.
- God does not always rebuke, nurses no lasting anger,
- Has not dealt with us as our sins merit, nor requited us as our deeds deserve.
- As the heavens tower over the earth, so God's love towers over the faithful.
- As far as the east is from the west, so far have our sins been removed from us.
- As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on the faithful.
- For he knows how we are formed, remembers that we are dust.
- Our days are like the grass; like flowers of the field we blossom.
- The wind sweeps over us and we are gone; our place knows us no more.
- But the LORD'S kindness is forever, toward the faithful from age to age. He favors the children's children
- of those who keep his covenant, who take care to fulfill its precepts.
- The LORD'S throne is established in heaven; God's royal power rules over all.
- Bless the LORD, all you angels, mighty in strength and attentive, obedient to every command.
- Bless the LORD, all you hosts, ministers who do God's will.
- Bless the LORD, all creatures, everywhere in God's domain. Bless the LORD, my soul!
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1 [Psalm 103] The speaker in this hymn begins by praising God for personal benefits (Psalm 103:1-5), then moves on to God's mercy toward all the people (Psalm 103:6-18). Even sin cannot destroy that mercy (Psalm 103:11-13), for the eternal God is well aware of the people's human fragility (Psalm 103:14-18). The psalmist invites the heavenly beings to join in praise (Psalm 103:19-22).
2  Your youth is renewed like the eagle's: because of the eagle's long life it was a symbol of perennial youth and vigor. Cf Isaiah 40:31
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