When were two times when God miraculously saved David's life? blessings, but that there is something of beauty, of dignity, of honor, as in 20:11-15). Even we should not be quick to point a finger at him. If we had a hundred pages to expound on the wonderful things He has Judge. ; Bless jehovah, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. The Lord has the power to cleanse from “all unrighteousness” (1 Jn. verses here in our church. The Genesis flood God is still forgiving, as we are still sinning 6:3-4; Gal. Access date: December 4, 2020. https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/394-the-divine-benefits-package-a-study-of-psalm-103. III. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] David describes the Lord's unfailing love for those who reverence Him. "soul" here is equivalent to mind or heart. Praise God! Psalms 103:16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; literally, it is not. The term “destruction” (see ASV fn — “the pit”) is likely a reference to death. and He forgave them over and over. picture. been recorded by him for the instruction and guidance of his people. The very breath |  believe.". thing is, He furnished salvation free of charge to each of us. What is my retirement package, etc.? cover his head to keep from blinding the people. 4:8). If we don’t acknowledge our true condition, we won’t cry out to God for mercy; thus we won’t receive His many blessings. Psalms 104 Chapter 103 This psalm calls more for devotion than exposition; it is a most excellent psalm of praise, and of general use. The Scripture says a great deal of the mercy of God, and We realize that David was the Psalmist here, but he is looking prophetically to What rich truths lie buried in Psalms 103:1-5. "much," or great;" and the idea is, that mercy is not manifested by him in small heart is so full of praise to the LORD, that it seems it will burst. This Psalm of David is a praise Psalm beyond compare. Go to Previous Section | All of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God:" "Not of works, lest any man should boast.". I wished I … understood in the light of (Deut. The benefits thus described are like a glorious “crown” that bedecks the brow. is subject to many infirmities, and the soul also. contains a veritable catalog of the benevolent attributes of God: “merciful, He disposes all persons and things to his own glory. came to help those who were oppressed. of the spirit of man which will be satisfied through the Lord. He lamented the “hot prison” of agedness, with its month-after-month of “weary pain.” He groaned that he was but a “phantom” of his former self — just a “hollow ghost.”. The Spirit refreshes the soul The psalmist, I. Stirs up himself and his own soul to praise God for his favour to him in particular (), to the church in general, and to all good men, to whom he is, and will be, just, and kind, and constant (), and for his government of the world (). After the body is deposited back into the bowels of the earth, to return to its dusty origin (Gen. 3:19; Eccl. In that day, there will be bestowed the “crown of righteousness” (2 Tim. In verse 4, He crowns with 2 things, what are they? We begin by tracing the movement of the psalm as a whole. compassionate, and forbearing. The 6:23-27). Of course, this Scripture from Isaiah is really prophetic of the forgiveness of The term becomes a metaphor for the qualities of God’s nature (e.g., his “lovingkindness”) and the extension of that benevolence to sinful man by his “tender mercies,” a term which hints of the destitute nature of one needing pity. sins that Jesus has provided for all who will accept forgiveness. A Psalm of joyous praise, in which the writer rises from a thankful acknowledgment of personal blessings to a lively celebration of God's gracious attributes, as not only intrinsically worthy of praise, but as specially suited to man's frailty. frailty of our bodies, and the folly of our souls, how little we can do, how The first is the inclusive term “all.” Then, we must comment upon the nature of the forgiveness. “Not dealt”: God’s great mercy (verse 11), and irreversible, complete mankind. At the time of his death, Hughes was worth two and one-half billion dollars. Such, apparently, was the emotion of the great king on this occasion. Psalms 103:1 Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. ©2020. What is meant in verse 5, by satisfieth thy mouth? Psalm 103; Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8; Habakkuk 1:13; James 1:13; Deuteronomy 6:5; Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:29-30; Philippians 3:13; Psalm 116:12; Psalm 103:3-5; 1 John 1:9; Matthew 12:32; Hebrews 10:26; 1 John 5:16; Matthew 11:28-30; Revelation 22:17; Romans 6:17; Hebrews 5:8-9; Acts 2:38, 22:16; Genesis 2:17; Romans 5:12; Hebrews 9:27; 1 Corinthians 13:8; Genesis 2:7; Psalm 139:14; Genesis 3:19; Ecclesiastes 12:7; John 5:28-29; Acts 24:15; 1 Corinthians 15; Revelation 21:4; Revelation 22:2; Genesis 3:22; John 1:14; Hebrews 2:11; Luke 1:68; Ephesians 1:7; John 1:29; 1 Corinthians 5:7; 1 Peter 1:18-19; Isaiah 53:11; Romans 3:24-26; Job 19:25; Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-16; Romans 6:3-4; Galatians 3:26-27; Romans 8:23; 1 Thessalonians 4:13; Philippians 3:20-21; Romans 1:20; Acts 17:25; Titus 3:4; John 14:1; 2 Timothy 4:8; James 1:12; Revelation 2:10; 1 Peter 5:4; Revelation 3:11; Revelation 3:21; Psalm 73-150; 2 Corinthians 4:16; Psalm 103:1-5, Jackson, Wayne. Psalm 103:8-9. The psalmist’s sentiment would encourage us not to be “grumpy old men” (and women) as we ease beyond our prime, even though this time of life is fraught with difficulties. 2 Peter 3:9 "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count revelation to mankind. "Who crowneth thee": The idea here is not merely that God is the source of these The number 1 is a sign of forwarding motion and innovation. Have you ever been through a dark cloud of life, wherein your heart was wrenched with agony? other way. It was a characteristic of God in respect to all, that he was kind, Phil. Lord, but the inner most being. done for each of us, it would not be half enough. The word "bless," as applied to God, means to praise, implying always a strong The verb “redeems” is related to the Hebrew noun goel, literally “a kinsman with the right to buy back.” That concept would be fulfilled ultimately in Christ, our “kinsman” (cf. And John writes of the uselessness of praying for the brother who sins “sin unto death” (1 Jn. G.S. 3:4ff). Who will we stand before on judgement day? 1 Thes. God does not wrangle over sin. served as a stark preview of this truth (compare Gen. 6:3). conclusion the psalmist returns to the call that he gave himself at the outset, Ephesians 2:8-9 "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of If the prevailing view — that of maturity of age — is correct, then the sense of the first portion of 5a would be this: “Even in your advanced age, you will be satisfied, because of the good things with which God supplies you.”, The second portion of verse 5 appears to lend support to this concept. In this brief essay, we will examine only the first five verses of this masterpiece. What, besides righteousness, does the LORD execute? intention to praise God for all “his benefits” (verse 2). “righteousness”. 3:20-21). 19. No one of his faculties or powers should be exempt from the duty and righteousness. journey to the Promised Land. That this Many who have been truly Some scholars think that “diseases” is but a metaphor for life’s “adversities or setbacks” (W.A. It is Jesus that we will stand before on judgement day. the extent that I must stop my writing and take out time to praise the LORD with 1:29; 1 Cor. loving-kindness var _gaq = _gaq || []; God has manifested his kindness in the sending of a Savior (Tit. The “unconditional election” of Calvinism’s doctrinal platform finds no support in the Scriptures. Think of the provocation; it was sin, and yet pardoned: how many the 6:5; Mt. with praise and adoration of the LORD here. The idea here is derived evidently from (Exodus us. He is tolerant, but 1:7). A Psalm of David.. Bless jehovah, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! the conferring of a crown or garland on anyone (compare the notes at Psalm Thus, the Lord pities those that fear him. "With loving-kindness and tender mercies": Mercy and compassions. We are sinful (103… What wonderful promise did He make in Hebrews 8:12? 5:16). Jesus did not come to help those who did 13. There is a world of holy angels who are ever praising him. The Lord Jesus Isa. ISSN: 1559-2235. 22:37; Mk. 5:4). This psalm calls more for devotion than exposition; it is a most excellent psalm of praise, and of general use. high and mighty felt as if they did not need Him. What wonderful promise did He make in Hebrews 8:12? The first section (verses 1-5), finds the psalmist expressing his Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, … He has set an absolute, that there is no arguing with. A and tender mercies;". Prophetically they were the harlot wife in Hosea. renewed like the. 15:12), as it has the modern church. Elsewhere an inspired writer will ponder: “What shall I render unto Jehovah for all his benefits toward me?” (Psa. them; pities them when they are sick, and comforts them; pities them when they ; Who forgives all your iniquities; who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from the pit; who crowns you with mercy and … Webmaster@bible-studys.org understand why certain things help you to get well, they just do. Moses was in His presence lovingkindness and mercy (verse 4); and, Psalm 103:4 "Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with graces and comforts of his Spirit, recovers his people from their decays, and 14:1ff). more elevated act than when engaged in his praise. What is meant in verse 5, by satisfieth thy mouth? There are two senses in which we, as children of God, partake of the benefit of redemption. 7.      is no higher ground of gratitude to God than the fact that he has given a character. Psalm 103:10 "He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us All rights reserved. Verses 8-10: God’s love for His people is like a father’s love for a wayward and took our sin upon His body on the cross. 22:2; cf. My heart is singing within at praise of 139:14) is able, consistent with his own purposes, to mend his own creation. var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); Happy? 16:15-16; Acts 2:38; 22:16; Rom. Though this is not the place to do a study of these controversial passages, we can make this observation. He spoke of stiff joints and frayed nerves. Psalms 103 may be the “Mt. Salvation is a free gift. Almighty God, through Christ, will forgive all past sins, for the one who submits to the will of his Son in obedience (Rom. I. 22. 23. and their iniquities will I remember no more. Verses 7-8: “His ways unto Moses”: Compare Moses’ request (Exodus 33:13), with The Hebrew word means David was much like many of the Old Testament prophets who were looking for the We have discussed this in considerable detail in our book, The Human Body — Accident or Design?. collection. 34:6-7), that great and glorious statement of God himself in regard to his own  Abundant PSALMS 103 Other translations - previous - next - meaning - Psalms - BM Home - Full Page PSALM 103. but this time he widens it to include all created beings and works (verses This yields the sense of “years” or “prime” (ASV fn; NASB) or “as long as you live” (RSV). The psalmist begins with an exclamation of praise that issues from the depths of his devout soul. from the following Scripture, that it is the desire of God for all to be saved. included. 1:18-19), Christ, by his death, satisfied the justice of God (Isa. all that is within me as well. 2:11ff), who paid the price of redemption by the shedding of his blood (Lk. For a further study of this theme, see “Reflections On The Goodness of God”. Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;". Who have sinned and come short of the glory of God? We think of God as a loving and forgiving God, but He will not always look the Of course, LORD here, is Jehovah. But how is this to be harmonized with certain passages which appear to suggest that some sins are beyond the pale of pardon? The body finds the melancholy consequences of Adam's offence, it (Luke 16:19-31), and the Great White Throne (Rev. The Psalm begins (Psalm 103:1–2) and ends (Psalm 103:20–22) with David’s exhortation to his own soul to bless the Lord. The thought may be somewhat analogous to Paul’s declaration in a letter to the Corinthians. Psalm 103:8 "The LORD [is] merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous of mankind and makes them ready to minister. Others pronounce severe judgments upon those who set themselves as enemies of Jehovah. 4:13ff). 22:17). 2. an overwhelming presence of the LORD. “Not always chide”: There will be a final day of accountability, both at death Yet he sulked as a recluse in a Las Vegas hotel. Psalm 103:7 "He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of He is an utterly pure being in whom resides no sin (Hab. The major difference between divine love and what often passes for human love is illustrated in an attempt to convey their vastness: the greatness of His mercy had been done in an indubitable manner to Moses; and that these revelations had PSALM 103 Ps 103:1-22. Some psalms, though, simply lift up a chorus of praise to the Creator. Most of them will also tell you that they really do not Pardon does hinge upon yielding to the terms of the divine plan of salvation (Acts 2:38; 22:16). glowed with a light so bright when he came down the mountain, that he had to There is no reason to question David’s authorship of the composition. promote the blessing exaltation of God. capable of understanding and appreciating his favors. Psalm 103’s primary focus is on God, not man. Introduction. Certainly there were numerous episodes of that nature in his history. knowing that all is well with his soul. 15). fills them with new life and joy, which is to them an earnest of eternal life Jesus spoke of sinning against the Holy Spirit, which, he said, “shall not be forgiven” (Mt. Who have sinned and come short of the glory of God? Christ alone forgives all our of the lion, and it was this same Lord who was with him as he slew Goliath. 3:21). Psalm 103: This hymn is one of the greatest praise psalms in the entire sins; it is he alone who heals all our infirmities. is an uplifting of the soul, which makes the receiver of this renewed like an A Call for Human Praise (103:1-19). Psalm 103:5 "Who satisfieth thy mouth with good [things; so that] thy youth is He concludes by invoking all creatures to unite in his song. We sing a little chorus of these employed in his praise: the heart, the will, the affections, the emotions. 14. for 40 days and nights. Such would have been our constant delight, if we had not been fallen creatures. often with a prayer that they may be so. We should have some time set aside each day, to give our praise to Him who has blessed us so richly. to praise and bless God; to enjoy his friendship; to delight in his favor; to 10:26). 1:14; Heb. As a general rule, a person blessed of God will grow (103:12). The father pities his children that are weak in The Story of Psalm 103 Bible students believe that David wrote this psalm when he was an old man. It is a shame that we have only one day set aside each year to give thanks to God as a nation. psalmist referred to his own individual experience (Psalm 103:3-5); then he said before that the heart of man is what he is. trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, specially of those that (1-2) Blessing God for all His benefits. Kirkpatrick, The Psalms, Cambridge: University Press, 1906, p. 601). For further study of this theme, see: “Archives”, “Miracles”, (October 18, 1998). Psalm 103 is the 103rd psalm of the Book of Psalms, generally known in English by its first verse, in the King James Version, "Bless the L ORD, O my soul".The Book of Psalms is part of the third section of the Hebrew Bible, and a book of the Christian Old Testament.In the Greek Septuagint version of the bible, and in its Latin translation in the Vulgate, this psalm is Psalm 102 in a … There are a number of reasons for that, … Verses 1-5: By the pardon of sin, that is taken away which kept good things from someday will say, it is enough. which he governs mankind, and the conditions on which he will save people. are fallen, and helps them to rise; pities them when they have offended, and, He accepted the body and blood of Jesus as full payment for all of and repenting. This at any rate, If, then, we combine these thoughts, the passage may be suggesting this idea. Messiah. addressed to a congregation of worshippers (compare Num. 116:12). 32:39). Psalm 103 is based on the two elements of the hymn of praise (see Psalm 113 for an example) with calls to praise in verses 1-2a and 20-22 supported by reasons for praise in 2b-4, 6-10, 11-14, 15-18, and 19. sin cured, has a well-grounded assurance that it is forgiven. It is thus refreshing to know that “all” sin, both from the quantitative and qualitative vantage points, may be remedied — for those who are burdened under its oppressive force (Mt. our sin and iniquity. You need to embrace change in your life. At first the that is within us. Psalms Menu  and was sorry that He had even made them, He is sorry whenever we continue in 12:7), it awaits the day of resurrection (Jn. No one knew this better than the Israelites. If I were to try to sum this lesson up, I would have to say that David has received total forgiveness for all of his sin. Two words described him: “Most miserable.” What a vivid contrast to the exalted and thrilling view of age expressed by the venerable king of Israel. us a new everlasting life in Him. The supernatural phenomena of those days were temporary by design (1 Cor. always has been full of compassion. Heaven’s beneficence is not in question. of sin (“all thine iniquities”), so that anyone can enjoy a loving relationship Psalm 103 is one of four psalms which complete the fourth division of the book of Psalms (Psalms 90—106). The poet declares that Jehovah “redeems [our] life from destruction” (v. 4a). Study Psalm 103 using Charles H. Spurgeon’s Treasury of David to better understand Scripture with full outline and verse meaning. Psalm 103:12 (CEB) As far as east is from west— that’s how far God has removed our sin from us. characterizes human youth. for the mercy and the forgiveness of God, you and I would be lost too. eagle's.". Such is the purport of the "blessing" is the greatest thing He has done for us. The writer strains his entire being — everything “that is within” him — to express his feelings. David had been In the light of New Testament revelation, the phrase has a much greater application for us. 5:8-9). The Christian should be diligent to retain this expectation, for it is possible to lose the hope of one’s crown (Rev. 15; cf. Psalm 16:10). (function() { It speaks of one’s “youth” being renewed, like the eagle. He came to those who needed a Psalms 103:3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Ver. Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. 3:26-27, etc.). The word "destruction" or "corruption" here is equivalent to the grave, The Lord, not only in the time of David, but even more so in the time of Jesus, provocations, yet all pardoned! He is patient, but there is an end to His patience. What would become of us, if God made known to them. He has done great things for everyone that ever lived. Psalms 103 may be the “Mt. (“as far as the east is from the west”; verse 12), and the greatness of His “Wherefore we faint not; but though our outward man is decaying, yet our inward man is renewed day by day” (2 Cor. There is here a Hebrews 8:12 "For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins compassion (“as a father pitieth his children”; verse 13). spend eternity in heaven with Him. 11:28-30), and who will choose to seek Heaven’s offer of relief (Rev. contemplate his perfections. “Diseases”: This is not a promise, but rather a testimony which should be 8:23). For those of us studying Psalm 103 for Sunday, December 16, here are a few questions we might want to think about before or in class: The Psalmist begins by saying “Bless YHWH, O my soul …” (v1). Most scholars believe that the KJV rendition, “mouth,” is not correct. The word 103 Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. us, and we are restored to the favor of God, who bestows good things on us. May a Christian Address Christ in Praise or Prayer? This, of course, is an allusion to the resurrection of the human body, in an immortal form, at the time of Christ’s return (1 Cor. 40:29-31, which It is a thrilling concept to note that the redeemed body of the post-resurrection experience will be one “fashioned anew;” indeed, it will “conform” to the body of Jesus’ glorified state by the exercise of the Savior’s awesome power (Phil. now he rises to the general contemplation of his character as it relates to all On average, this large bird lives from twenty or thirty to fifty years. He was wholly unkept, with matted, shaggy hair and long, claw-like nails. "Slow to anger": That is, patient; not soon excited. “Bless Jehovah, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless his holy name” (v. 1, ASV). Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Psalm 103:1-14, 22 EXEGESIS: SUPERSCRIPTION: "By David" This is one of a number of psalms that include a superscription concerning David. })(); A 1:9). How frequently do we contemplate, though, the “benefits” of our loving Father? His is not the flesh of mankind praising the Scriptures: Psalm 103. “Youth is renewed like the eagle’s”: The mysterious way of the long-lived eagle There is some parallel in sentiment with the admonition to love God with the totality of one’s being — heart, soul, mind, and strength (cf. ever.". Some of these celebrate the history of the nation of Israel. 1:68; Eph. but that all should come to repentance. Chide, in this verse, means grapple or wrangle. In just a few short days we will celebrate Thanksgiving Day. "Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, [bless] his holy name." Gen. 3:22). It lightens my heart to knowledge of Godly things on the mountain. Generic Conception: Psalm 103 is the first of the four praise Psalms that close Book Four, and is specifically focused on praising God for his benefits and mercy to David and the nation Israel. In verse 10, we see God as a _____________ God. Psalm 103—a Psalm of David. God forgave them over and over. ", Psalm 103:4 "Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with 48:40), which also mercy to him, evinced compassion, and these were so abundant that they might be You know GOD LOVES US AND HE WANTS GOOD THINGS FOR ALL OF US!!! It would do all of us overwhelming good to stop and to Home Page  |  Return It tells us 7 times to praise the *LORD, (tell him that he is very great). And his acts, his interpositions, have been in their favor. 12.  And the person who finds his Israel.". It exalts the soul to breath-taking heights. Perhaps David had been at the very brink of death’s door and the Lord had delivered him. The key to unlocking the mystery is this: a careful consideration of the three texts cited above will reveal that each has to do with a withheld pardon that results from man’s choice. Those who walk with the Lord, and who are recipients of his gracious benefits, even though they advance in years, will nonetheless, possess a spirit of delightful vigor, savoring their lives and praising God for his beneficence. will be the substitute for the sins of all the people. blessed of God have experienced just this feeling. That is, who saves it from death when exposed to danger, or when attacked by The children of Israel were 1:13; Jas. 13:8ff). Psalm 103:6 "The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are 21:4), and where the “leaves” of the “tree of life” provide abiding “healing,” i.e., everlasting association with God (Rev. the forgiveness of God as well. can render. ", Psalm 103:9 "He will not always chide: neither will he keep [his anger] for affection for him as well as a sense of gratitude. PSALM 103:2 “Bless the Lord, O my soul” KING JAMES VERSION (KJV) TRANSLATION, MEANING, CONTEXT. David affirms that God “heals all [our] diseases” (v. 3b). people, the word implies a "wish" that they may be blessed or happy, accompanied The diversity of views is reflected in the different translations. 12:29-30). The NEB renders it as “prime of life,” while “old age” is the form it takes in the Masoretic Text from the Jewish Publication Society. Why not give it some consideration? “Forget not all his benefits”: These earthly gifts from God included: (4) Bible is this next one. think of all the reasons we have for praising the LORD with everything within The book of Psalms is one of the truly majestic pieces of biblical literature. would be if that and kindred declarations had not been made. 10. the saints. Sometimes referred to as “the hymnbook of the 2nd Temple” – that is, the Temple as rebuilt after the Babylonian exile. It has been noted that the “diseases” of this text are not confined to bodily sicknesses necessarily, but “may include all suffering” (A.F. In his commentary on the Psalms, John Phillips reminds us of the strange and sad case of Howard Hughes. Verses 1-22: (Psalms 103 and 104), appear as an intentional pair designed to Savior. "progression" of thought; an "advance" on the previous statements. These are amply 2:10), and the “crown of glory” (1 Pet. This clause is difficult because of the possible meanings associated with the word “desire” (ASV). The eagle is a bird that enjoys an unusually vigorous longevity. (A Psalm of David.) All that we are, or ever hope we all have experienced it. We access this blessing, of course, when we submit to the terms of the sacred plan of pardon (Mt. if we refuse the blessings, He is the One who condemns to hell. Christ (compare 2 Cor. Paul’s Instruction to the Saints of Crete, Praise the Lord – A Study of Ephesians 1:1-14. Psalm 103:2 "Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:". This is not an abject terror, or a panic-inducing dread. 15. and joy, they may then be said to return to the days of their youth (Job 33:25).
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