Let all my thoughts and affections be engaged, and united, and stirred up to the highest pitch in and for this work. 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. by Hank Workman. Pardoned sin is, in our experience, one of the choicest boons of grace, one of the earliest gifts of mercy, - in fact, the needful preparation for enjoying all that follows it. Psalm 103 sets a marvelous precedent for all Christian songwriters about how to teach people through songs about God’s character and actions. "And all that is within me, bless his holy name." We begin by tracing the movement of the psalm as a whole. And let the feeling of each redeemed heart be, Bless the Lord, O my soul. How unlike are those to God, who take every occasion to chide, and never know when to cease! 1 Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! God is still forgiving, as we are still sinning and repenting. Or was he now doubly sensible of the importance, the imperative necessity of adoration? Psalm 103:10-11. and all that is within me, bless his holy name; meaning not only all within his body, his heart, reins, lungs, &c. but all within his soul, all the powers and faculties of it; his understanding, will, affections, and judgment; and all the grace that was wrought in him, faith, hope, love, joy, and the like; these he would have all concerned and employed in praising the name of the Lord; which is exalted above all blessing and praise; is great and glorious in all the earth, by reason of his works wrought, and blessings of goodness bestowed; and which appears to be holy in them all, as it does in the works of creation, providence, and redemption; at the remembrance of which holiness thanks should be given; for he that is glorious in holiness is fearful in praises, Psalm 97:12. 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. By the name we understand the revealed character of God, and assuredly those songs which are suggested, not by our fallible reasoning and imperfect observation, but by unerring inspiration, should more than any others arouse all our consecrated powers. Psalms 103 may be the “Mt. Commentary for Psalms 103 . 2. Come, let us read our diaries and see if there be not choice favours recorded there for which we have rendered no grateful return. Such it will in a measure become, if we are born of God. Chapter 103 This psalm calls more for devotion than exposition; it is a most excellent psalm of praise, and of general use. “Bless the LORD, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name.” He considereth the frailty of man, Psalm 103:15,16; and showeth God’s everlasting mercy to his covenanted ones, Psalm 103:17-19. Forgiveness is first in the order of our spiritual experience, and in some respects first in value. 1. All Rights Reserved. "Who healeth all thy diseases." He selects a few of the choicest pearls from the casket of divine love, threads them on the string of memory, and hangs them about the neck of gratitude. He is all things to us, as our needs call for him, and our infirmities do but reveal him in new characters. All that is within me, bless his holy name —. © 2020 Christianity.com. Bless, &c.—when God is the object, praise. Certainly, he uses no vain repetitions, for the Holy Spirit guides his pen; and thus he shews us that we have need, again and again, to bestir ourselves when we are about to worship God, for it would be shameful to offer him anything less than the utmost our souls can render. Half-hearted, ill-conceived, unintelligent praises are not such as we should render to our loving Lord. The Scripture says a great deal of the mercy of God, and we all have experienced it. How he stirs up himself to the duty of praise, Psalm 103:1, 2. (Read Psalm 103:6-14) Truly God is good to all: he is in a special manner good to Israel. Observe that he calls all that is within him to remember all the Lord's benefits. The metaphor is bold, yet inadequate; for God's mercy is infinite. Such is man. The Psalm bears the character of quiet tenderness. God's mercy is better than life, for it will outlive it. The father pities his children that are weak in knowledge, and teaches them; pities them when they are froward, and bears with them; pities them when they are sick, and comforts them; pities them when they are fallen, and helps them to rise; pities them when they have offended, and, upon their submission, forgives them; pities them when wronged, and rights them: thus the Lord pities those that fear him. Reader, have we not cause enough at this time to bless him who blesses us? Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Till iniquity is forgiven, healing, redemption, and satisfaction are unknown blessings. The Book of Psalms Commentary by A. R. FAUSSET PSALM 103 Psa 103:1-22.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 … my soul—myself (Ps 3:3; 25:1), with allusion to the act, as one of intelligence. How quickly did he do him honour! "And forget not all his benefits." We’ve each laid in such a bed at times. It is instructive to note how the Psalmist dwells upon the holy name of God, as if his holiness were dearest to him; or, perhaps, because the holiness or wholeness of God was to his mind the grandest motive for rendering to him the homage of his nature in its wholeness. Think of the provocation; it was sin, and yet pardoned: how many the provocations, yet all pardoned! Read with me from the first verse. I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation” (111.1) He has revealed himself and his grace to them. He who made all, rules all, and both by a word of power. JOSEPH A ALEXANDER Psalms Commentary (1864) Spurgeon had high praise for Alexander's work writing that it "Occupies a first place among expositions. Let others murmur, but do thou bless. 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. The Psalm opens and closes with the imperative “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name.” (103.1) “Praise the LORD! Psalms 103:9 He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. By the pardon of sin, that is taken away which kept good things from us, and we are restored to the favor of God, who bestows good things on us. (a) He wakens his dulness to praise God, showing that both understanding and affections, mind and heart, are too little to set forth his praise. Psalm 103—a Psalm of David. 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. Psalms 103:11. Scriptures: Psalm 103. When the cause is gone, namely, iniquity, the effect ceases. Our foolish choices have brought results that are inescapable in life. "Bless the Lord, O my soul." This Psalm, Psalm 103 can help us to tune our hearts to sing God’s grace as we should. Bible students believe that David wrote this psalm when he was an old man. An exhortation to bless God for his mercy. Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary PSALM 103 Ps 103:1-22. Then shall mercy be preserved to them. Psalm 103 (and 111) is pure thanksgiving to Yahweh, the God of Israel. Psalms 36:5, "Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens, and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds"). The name of ingrate is one of the most shameful that a man can wear; surely we cannot be content to run the risk of such a brand. Truly God is good to all: he is in a special manner good to Israel. He has revealed himself and his grace to them. Jehovah occurs in the first strophe four, and in the second seven times. It is a shame that we have only one day set aside each year to give thanks to God as a nation. Readers through the centuries have interpreted “A Psalm by David” to mean “A Psalm written by David,” but a number of scholars question that interpretation today. "Who forgiveth all thine iniquities." Bless the LORD, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits— who... Psalm 103 Thanksgiving for God’s Goodness - Of David. It is a clear and judicious explanation of the text, and cannot be dispensed with. Psalms 103:7 He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel. (19-22). Verses 1-22: (Psalms 103 and 104), appear as an intentional pair designed to promote the blessing exaltation of God. Everest” of praise psalms. Many-sided is the character of our heavenly Father, for, having forgiven as a judge, he then cures as a physician. It is a still clear brook of the praise of God. if any man be in Christ he is a new creature: old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new. He has revealed himself and his grace to them. This psalm calls more for devotion than exposition; it is a most excellent psalm of praise, and of general use. Psalm 103:2, “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.” “Forget” here is from the Hebrew word, shakach, “to cease to care” (BDB); “to be oblivious of, from want of memory or attention” (Strong) David is telling his soul, “Soul, don’t forget. (15-18) For the government of the world. The body finds the melancholy consequences of Adam's offence, it is subject to many infirmities, and the soul also. continued...THE ARGUMENT This Psalm contains a thankful commemoration and celebration of God’s mercies to the psalmist himself, and to the people of Israel, and to all good men. (6-14) For the constancy of his mercy. Had he been very sleepy before? There is no reason to question David’s authorship of the composition. While there is much to draw out of this rich text, I’d like to highlight two observations: 1. In just a few short days we will celebrate Thanksgiving Day. Don’t be unmindful or insensitive about his benefits. First the Psalmist sings of personal mercies which he had himself received Ps 103:1-5; then he magnifies the attributes of Jehovah as displayed in his dealings with his people, Ps 103:6-19; and he closes by … He exhorteth all creatures to praise him, Psalm 103:20-22. 1. Christ alone forgives all our sins; it is he alone who heals all our infirmities. How short is man's life, and uncertain! As the phrase goes, “You’ve made your bed, now lie in it” refers to someone who must accept the results, usually unpleasant, of something they’ve done. (6-14) For the constancy of his mercy. Jehovah is worthy to be praised by us in that highest style of adoration which is intended by the term bless - "All thy works praise thee, O God, but thy saints shall bless thee." Psalm 103, a masterful and well-loved composition, is classified as an Individual Hymn of Thanksgiving, a psalm in which a single voice praises God for God’s goodness to or on behalf of that individual, usually for deliverance from some trying situation. Remember how the Persian king, when he could not sleep, read the chronicles of the empire, and discovered that one who had saved his life had never been rewarded. 103:6-14 Truly God is good to all: he is in a special manner good to Israel. 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; 4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; 5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's. Psalm 103 King James Version (KJV). Of David. Such it will be for ever in heaven; nor can we be perfectly happy till we can take unwearied pleasure in perfect obedience to the will of our God. He considers the frailty of our bodies, and the folly of our souls, how little we can do, how little we can bear; in all which his compassion appears. "Bless the Lord, O my soul." (15-18) For the government of the world. Commentary on Psalm 103:6-14. Soul music is the very soul of music. God considers this, and pities him; let him consider it himself. We should have some time set aside each day, to give our praise to Him who has blessed us so richly. When God, by the graces and comforts of his Spirit, recovers his people from their decays, and fills them with new life and joy, which is to them an earnest of eternal life and joy, they may then be said to return to the days of their youth, Job 33:25. Sicknesses of body and soul came into the world by sin, and as sin is eradicated, diseases bodily, mental, and spiritual will vanish, till "the inhabitant shall no more say, I am sick." (1-5) And to the church and to all men. Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. He … For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him (comp. An exhortation to bless God for his mercy. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name. This psalm represents a soliloquy in which David survey’s God’s goodness and encourages the angels and the works of God’s creation to join him in divine praise. Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students: Commenting and Commentaries)Rosscup adds: This is one of the more thorough older exegetical … (19-22) 1-5 By the pardon of sin, that is taken away which kept good things from us, and we are restored to the favor of God, who bestows good things on us. Let others bless themselves and their idols, but do thou bless the Lord. Psalm 103. 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 (). Many are our faculties, emotions, and capacities, but God has given them all to us, and they ought all to join in chorus to his praise. Psalms 103:12. The pardon granted is a present one - forgiveth; it is continual, for he still forgiveth; it is divine, for God gives it; it is far reaching, for it removes all our sins; it takes in omissions as well as commissions, for both of these are in-equities; and it is most effectual, for it is as real as the healing, and the rest of the mercies with which it is placed. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Psalm 103. Ps 103:1-22. Psalms 103:8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He soliloquizes, holds self-communion and exhorts himself, as though he felt that dulness would all too soon steal over his faculties, as, indeed, it will over us all, unless we are diligently on the watch. 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