Regarding Psalm 103

Q. Re: Psalm 103:1-5: “Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits-who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

Does it make sense to believe that God heals all our diseases and restores our youth in this life? I see no evidence of that. Could it be that this is a promise for our future in our resurrected bodies?

A. These are promises for the here and now. Being in the present tense they reflect the personal experiences of David and his contemporaries. Besides, in our resurrected bodies we will have no need for healing or forgiveness because we’ll never contract any diseases or commit any sins. This is one more sign that for the most part, the church today lacks the faith to enjoy many of the promises that our ancestors saw as everyday blessings from God.

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