• Psalms Facts

    150 chapters
    2,461 verses
    41,277 words
    Wisdom Genre

  • Psalms Word Cloud

    This word cloud picture shows the most repeated words in Psalms

  • Writings about Psalms

    Christian education materials about Psalms, including book overviews, reading guides for the Wisdom genre, discussion questions, discipleship lessons, and throught-provoking essay.

  • Psalms Daily Readings

    Start reading or listening to Psalms and its associated daily readers on Day 276 when Psalms begins

Daily Reader for Day 291: Psalms 103 - 107

by Dave Moore

The composer of Psalm 105 instructs the congregation to not only “Give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name…” but to also “…make known his deeds among the peoples!”  We’ve seen the connection between worship and memory before, but perhaps not as thoroughly as we observe in this reading today.   

These Psalms celebrate the LORD’s dominion over the physical world: O LORD, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.  The author of Psalm 104 is not satisfied to simply acknowledge that the LORD created the world – which was a bold statement in itself.  Instead, with gifted imagery his poem imagines the creation for us.  He’s so taken with it, in fact, that he calls on the LORD himself to rejoice in His works.

These Psalms also celebrate the LORD’s particular interest in the children of Abraham. He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel… He rebuked the Red Sea, and it became dry, and He led them through the deep as through a desert… Remember me, the author of Psalm 106 prays, when You show favor to Your people; help me when you save them, that I may look upon the prosperity of your chosen ones, that I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation, that I may glory with your inheritance. 

And these Psalms celebrate the LORD’s faithfulness to His covenant.  He remembers his covenant forever, the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations, the covenant that he made with Abraham, his sworn promise to Isaac, which he confirmed to Jacob as a statute, to Israel as an everlasting covenant, saying, "To you I will give the land of Canaan as your portion for an inheritance."  Even when Israel was unfaithful, and rebelled by the Sea, at the Red Sea…  Yet He saved them for his name's sake, that He might make known his mighty power.

Consider the force of observation and the poetic recollection in these Psalms.  They are thorough history lessons from centuries past that prove to the composer that the LORD’s faithfulness, and steadfast love, endure forever. 

Our verses for this week are Philippians 4:6-7: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Psalms 103 through 107.  Now let’s read it!

Psalms 103 - 107

103:1   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.
  The LORD works righteousness
    and justice for all who are oppressed.
  He made known his ways to Moses,
    his acts to the people of Israel.
  The LORD is merciful and gracious,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
  He will not always chide,
    nor will he keep his anger forever.
  He does not deal with us according to our sins,
    nor repay us according to our iniquities.
  For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
  as far as the east is from the west,
    so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
  As a father shows compassion to his children,
    so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.
  For he knows our frame;
    he remembers that we are dust.
  As for man, his days are like grass;
    he flourishes like a flower of the field;
  for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
    and its place knows it no more.
  But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,
    and his righteousness to children's children,
  to those who keep his covenant
    and remember to do his commandments.
  The LORD has established his throne in the heavens,
    and his kingdom rules over all.
  Bless the LORD, O you his angels,
    you mighty ones who do his word,
    obeying the voice of his word!
  Bless the LORD, all his hosts,
    his ministers, who do his will!
  Bless the LORD, all his works,
    in all places of his dominion.
  Bless the LORD, O my soul!

104:1   Bless the LORD, O my soul!
    O LORD my God, you are very great!
  You are clothed with splendor and majesty,
    covering yourself with light as with a garment,
    stretching out the heavens like a tent.
  He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters;
  he makes the clouds his chariot;
    he rides on the wings of the wind;
  he makes his messengers winds,
    his ministers a flaming fire.
  He set the earth on its foundations,
    so that it should never be moved.
  You covered it with the deep as with a garment;
    the waters stood above the mountains.
  At your rebuke they fled;
    at the sound of your thunder they took to flight.
  The mountains rose, the valleys sank down
    to the place that you appointed for them.
  You set a boundary that they may not pass,
    so that they might not again cover the earth.
  You make springs gush forth in the valleys;
    they flow between the hills;
  they give drink to every beast of the field;
    the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
  Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell;
    they sing among the branches.
  From your lofty abode you water the mountains;
    the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work.
  You cause the grass to grow for the livestock
    and plants for man to cultivate,
  that he may bring forth food from the earth
    and wine to gladden the heart of man,
  oil to make his face shine
    and bread to strengthen man's heart.
  The trees of the LORD are watered abundantly,
    the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.
  In them the birds build their nests;
    the stork has her home in the fir trees.
  The high mountains are for the wild goats;
    the rocks are a refuge for the rock badgers.
  He made the moon to mark the seasons;
    the sun knows its time for setting.
  You make darkness, and it is night,
    when all the beasts of the forest creep about.
  The young lions roar for their prey,
    seeking their food from God.
  When the sun rises, they steal away
    and lie down in their dens.
  Man goes out to his work
    and to his labor until the evening.
  O LORD, how manifold are your works!
    In wisdom have you made them all;
    the earth is full of your creatures.
  Here is the sea, great and wide,
    which teems with creatures innumerable,
    living things both small and great.
  There go the ships,
    and Leviathan, which you formed to play in it.
  These all look to you,
    to give them their food in due season.
  When you give it to them, they gather it up;
    when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
  When you hide your face, they are dismayed;
    when you take away their breath, they die
    and return to their dust.
  When you send forth your Spirit, they are created,
    and you renew the face of the ground.
  May the glory of the LORD endure forever;
    may the LORD rejoice in his works,
  who looks on the earth and it trembles,
    who touches the mountains and they smoke!
  I will sing to the LORD as long as I live;
    I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
  May my meditation be pleasing to him,
    for I rejoice in the LORD.
  Let sinners be consumed from the earth,
    and let the wicked be no more!
  Bless the LORD, O my soul!
  Praise the LORD!

105:1   Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name;
    make known his deeds among the peoples!
  Sing to him, sing praises to him;
    tell of all his wondrous works!
  Glory in his holy name;
    let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!
  Seek the LORD and his strength;
    seek his presence continually!
  Remember the wondrous works that he has done,
    his miracles, and the judgments he uttered,
  O offspring of Abraham, his servant,
    children of Jacob, his chosen ones!
  He is the LORD our God;
    his judgments are in all the earth.
  He remembers his covenant forever,
    the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations,
  the covenant that he made with Abraham,
    his sworn promise to Isaac,
  which he confirmed to Jacob as a statute,
    to Israel as an everlasting covenant,
  saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan
    as your portion for an inheritance.”
  When they were few in number,
    of little account, and sojourners in it,
  wandering from nation to nation,
    from one kingdom to another people,
  he allowed no one to oppress them;
    he rebuked kings on their account,
  saying, “Touch not my anointed ones,
    do my prophets no harm!”
  When he summoned a famine on the land
    and broke all supply of bread,
  he had sent a man ahead of them,
    Joseph, who was sold as a slave.
  His feet were hurt with fetters;
    his neck was put in a collar of iron;
  until what he had said came to pass,
    the word of the LORD tested him.
  The king sent and released him;
    the ruler of the peoples set him free;
  he made him lord of his house
    and ruler of all his possessions,
  to bind his princes at his pleasure
    and to teach his elders wisdom.
  Then Israel came to Egypt;
    Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.
  And the LORD made his people very fruitful
    and made them stronger than their foes.
  He turned their hearts to hate his people,
    to deal craftily with his servants.
  He sent Moses, his servant,
    and Aaron, whom he had chosen.
  They performed his signs among them
    and miracles in the land of Ham.
  He sent darkness, and made the land dark;
    they did not rebel against his words.
  He turned their waters into blood
    and caused their fish to die.
  Their land swarmed with frogs,
    even in the chambers of their kings.
  He spoke, and there came swarms of flies,
    and gnats throughout their country.
  He gave them hail for rain,
    and fiery lightning bolts through their land.
  He struck down their vines and fig trees,
    and shattered the trees of their country.
  He spoke, and the locusts came,
    young locusts without number,
  which devoured all the vegetation in their land
    and ate up the fruit of their ground.
  He struck down all the firstborn in their land,
    the firstfruits of all their strength.
  Then he brought out Israel with silver and gold,
    and there was none among his tribes who stumbled.
  Egypt was glad when they departed,
    for dread of them had fallen upon it.
  He spread a cloud for a covering,
    and fire to give light by night.
  They asked, and he brought quail,
    and gave them bread from heaven in abundance.
  He opened the rock, and water gushed out;
    it flowed through the desert like a river.
  For he remembered his holy promise,
    and Abraham, his servant.
  So he brought his people out with joy,
    his chosen ones with singing.
  And he gave them the lands of the nations,
    and they took possession of the fruit of the peoples' toil,
  that they might keep his statutes
    and observe his laws.
  Praise the LORD!

106:1   Praise the LORD!
  Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
    for his steadfast love endures forever!
  Who can utter the mighty deeds of the LORD,
    or declare all his praise?
  Blessed are they who observe justice,
    who do righteousness at all times!
  Remember me, O LORD, when you show favor to your people;
    help me when you save them,
  that I may look upon the prosperity of your chosen ones,
    that I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation,
    that I may glory with your inheritance.
  Both we and our fathers have sinned;
    we have committed iniquity; we have done wickedness.
  Our fathers, when they were in Egypt,
    did not consider your wondrous works;
  they did not remember the abundance of your steadfast love,
    but rebelled by the sea, at the Red Sea.
  Yet he saved them for his name's sake,
    that he might make known his mighty power.
  He rebuked the Red Sea, and it became dry,
    and he led them through the deep as through a desert.
  So he saved them from the hand of the foe
    and redeemed them from the power of the enemy.
  And the waters covered their adversaries;
    not one of them was left.
  Then they believed his words;
    they sang his praise.
  But they soon forgot his works;
    they did not wait for his counsel.
  But they had a wanton craving in the wilderness,
    and put God to the test in the desert;
  he gave them what they asked,
    but sent a wasting disease among them.
  When men in the camp were jealous of Moses
    and Aaron, the holy one of the LORD,
  the earth opened and swallowed up Dathan,
    and covered the company of Abiram.
  Fire also broke out in their company;
    the flame burned up the wicked.
  They made a calf in Horeb
    and worshiped a metal image.
  They exchanged the glory of God
    for the image of an ox that eats grass.
  They forgot God, their Savior,
    who had done great things in Egypt,
  wondrous works in the land of Ham,
    and awesome deeds by the Red Sea.
  Therefore he said he would destroy them—
    had not Moses, his chosen one,
  stood in the breach before him,
    to turn away his wrath from destroying them.
  Then they despised the pleasant land,
    having no faith in his promise.
  They murmured in their tents,
    and did not obey the voice of the LORD.
  Therefore he raised his hand and swore to them
    that he would make them fall in the wilderness,
  and would make their offspring fall among the nations,
    scattering them among the lands.
  Then they yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor,
    and ate sacrifices offered to the dead;
  they provoked the LORD to anger with their deeds,
    and a plague broke out among them.
  Then Phinehas stood up and intervened,
    and the plague was stayed.
  And that was counted to him as righteousness
    from generation to generation forever.
  They angered him at the waters of Meribah,
    and it went ill with Moses on their account,
  for they made his spirit bitter,
    and he spoke rashly with his lips.
  They did not destroy the peoples,
    as the LORD commanded them,
  but they mixed with the nations
    and learned to do as they did.
  They served their idols,
    which became a snare to them.
  They sacrificed their sons
    and their daughters to the demons;
  they poured out innocent blood,
    the blood of their sons and daughters,
  whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan,
    and the land was polluted with blood.
  Thus they became unclean by their acts,
    and played the whore in their deeds.
  Then the anger of the LORD was kindled against his people,
    and he abhorred his heritage;
  he gave them into the hand of the nations,
    so that those who hated them ruled over them.
  Their enemies oppressed them,
    and they were brought into subjection under their power.
  Many times he delivered them,
    but they were rebellious in their purposes
    and were brought low through their iniquity.
  Nevertheless, he looked upon their distress,
    when he heard their cry.
  For their sake he remembered his covenant,
    and relented according to the abundance of his steadfast love.
  He caused them to be pitied
    by all those who held them captive.
  Save us, O LORD our God,
    and gather us from among the nations,
  that we may give thanks to your holy name
    and glory in your praise.
  Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel,
    from everlasting to everlasting!
  And let all the people say, “Amen!”
    Praise the LORD!

107:1   Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
    for his steadfast love endures forever!
  Let the redeemed of the LORD say so,
    whom he has redeemed from trouble
  and gathered in from the lands,
    from the east and from the west,
    from the north and from the south.
  Some wandered in desert wastes,
    finding no way to a city to dwell in;
  hungry and thirsty,
    their soul fainted within them.
  Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
    and he delivered them from their distress.
  He led them by a straight way
    till they reached a city to dwell in.
  Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
    for his wondrous works to the children of man!
  For he satisfies the longing soul,
    and the hungry soul he fills with good things.
  Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,
    prisoners in affliction and in irons,
  for they had rebelled against the words of God,
    and spurned the counsel of the Most High.
  So he bowed their hearts down with hard labor;
    they fell down, with none to help.
  Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
    and he delivered them from their distress.
  He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death,
    and burst their bonds apart.
  Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
    for his wondrous works to the children of man!
  For he shatters the doors of bronze
    and cuts in two the bars of iron.
  Some were fools through their sinful ways,
    and because of their iniquities suffered affliction;
  they loathed any kind of food,
    and they drew near to the gates of death.
  Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
    and he delivered them from their distress.
  He sent out his word and healed them,
    and delivered them from their destruction.
  Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
    for his wondrous works to the children of man!
  And let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving,
    and tell of his deeds in songs of joy!
  Some went down to the sea in ships,
    doing business on the great waters;
  they saw the deeds of the LORD,
    his wondrous works in the deep.
  For he commanded and raised the stormy wind,
    which lifted up the waves of the sea.
  They mounted up to heaven; they went down to the depths;
    their courage melted away in their evil plight;
  they reeled and staggered like drunken men
    and were at their wits' end.
  Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
    and he delivered them from their distress.
  He made the storm be still,
    and the waves of the sea were hushed.
  Then they were glad that the waters were quiet,
    and he brought them to their desired haven.
  Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
    for his wondrous works to the children of man!
  Let them extol him in the congregation of the people,
    and praise him in the assembly of the elders.
  He turns rivers into a desert,
    springs of water into thirsty ground,
  a fruitful land into a salty waste,
    because of the evil of its inhabitants.
  He turns a desert into pools of water,
    a parched land into springs of water.
  And there he lets the hungry dwell,
    and they establish a city to live in;
  they sow fields and plant vineyards
    and get a fruitful yield.
  By his blessing they multiply greatly,
    and he does not let their livestock diminish.
  When they are diminished and brought low
    through oppression, evil, and sorrow,
  he pours contempt on princes
    and makes them wander in trackless wastes;
  but he raises up the needy out of affliction
    and makes their families like flocks.
  The upright see it and are glad,
    and all wickedness shuts its mouth.
  Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things;
    let them consider the steadfast love of the LORD.


Daily Audio Player

Choose a podcast

Choose a day

Who Did This & Why?

You Can Read the Bible is supported by Bellefield Presbyterian Church and blessed with its wonderful volunteers, including: Dave Moore, Jose David Aguilar Posada, Meagan Carter, Fiona Carter, Tanya Carter, Greg Burdette, Madeline Kulp, Andie Young, Justin Ray, Gary Liberati, Maureen Hinchman, Ken MacLeod, John Dolan, Roberto Cantillo, Charlei George, Josh Brown, Jeanne Griffith, Zachary Fritts, Dan Hinchman, Sophia Young, Lynette MacLeod, Gladys Cantillo, Grace Watson, Marianne Seah, Ian MacLeod, Liz Zimmerman, August Hall, Paza Boyd, Kristin Horner, Daniel Young, Paul Griffoen, Ben Moore, Meredith Carter, Bob Willson, Rosie Wagoner, Nick Bersin, Rhonda Hall, Helen Dolby, Emily Moore, Rick Zimmerman, Matt Jones, Kiana Jones, Jane Carter, Marilyn Long, Renee Hairston, Heather Weaver, Carol Williams, Anita Woolley, Andrew Thorpe, Emily Wenz, Matt Carter, and many others.

A special note of thanks to Dave Moore, the Moore family, Maureen Hinchman, the Hinchman family, Jose Posada, the Posada family, and to the Carter family. This would not have happened without your unwavering efforts, sacrifice, and support! Thank you!

We provide You Can Read the Bible in all of its many forms and formats as a ministry service to grow disciples within the church universal. This is not a substitute for your local church community, but it could be a resource to use within your local church and for you personally.

Contact Us