19The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.
20Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.
21Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.
22Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.
All His Works
In the closing verses of Psalm 103, David reaches beyond the parameters of our world, praising all of God's creation. Being earth-bound creatures, we seldom look beyond our world into the outer realms of the creation of God.
It is good for us to take some time and ponder the realm of God--all His works in all places of His dominion. From our perspective it seems as though all of the universe revolves around us, with man being God's highest creation. We know that is not really true, but we live as though it is.
God's angels play a profound role in the workings of our world and yet we hardly give them a thought. Four things are said about the angels of God. First, they belong to God; they are His. Second, the angels excel in strength, implying that there is none more powerful than them. Third, the angels are obedient, doing His commandments, not their own. Fourth, they listen to the voice of His word, ready to do what He commands.
David then moves on to all of God's hosts. It is unclear exactly to whom or what David is referring, but in other Psalms even the sun, moon, and stars are said to worship God. Though they have no speech or language, their very presence testifies to God's glory.
Psalm 103 concludes by calling all of the works of God in all places to bless the Lord. Where does anything exist apart from God? God has created all things; all glorify and praise His holy name. Just as Psalm 103 began with the words, "Bless the Lord, O my soul," it ends with the same six words.
What other conclusion can anyone make? Let us take time today to look above ourselves, even above anything that is earthly. For a few short years this world is our domain, but for all of the rest of eternity, the children of God will worship and glorify Him in the new heavens and the new earth.
We live in a cynical age, and rightly so! One does not have to be very old to realize that man is utterly corrupt and untrustworthy in all his ways. Apart from the grace of God, the same would be true of all of God's children. Let us, then, not trust in ourselves, but go to our glorious King and Creator and bless His holy name. In Him is no pride, arrogance, or corruption. In Him we see holiness and beauty; in Him we can safely rest all of our hopes, our cares, and our future.
Bless the Lord O my soul and all that is within me bless His holy name!
God Bless You,