To be renewed and strengthened is one of the benefits of the redemption of Jesus Christ. In Psalm 103, King David invites us to give thanks and praise to our great God and eternal Redeemer as he details the magnificent, redemptive truth that we should use to mirror our Christian walk.
The eagle mentioned in verse 5, represents strength and the ability to overcome. Eagles go through a stage of molting when their feathers fall out and are eventually replaced with new feathers. This molting season is painful for the eagle. They shed their flight feathers, their vision blurs, and their beak and talons break off. This is only temporary and like the eagle overcomes that difficult season, we can too with the help of Jesus Christ.
David gives us 5 things to be thankful for in verse 3-5. He gives a beautiful and complete exhortation to bless the Lord for His grace and mercy.
We are to be thankful for the forgiveness we have in Christ
We are to be thankful for our good health and healing
We are to be thankful for God redeeming our life from destruction
We are to be thankful for God’s lovingkindness and tender mercies
We are to be thankful for God’s provision
1Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
3 Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
4 Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.