Psalms Chapter 103
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Matthew Henry's Psalms Chapter 103 Bible commentary...
An exhortation to bless God for his mercy. (1-5) And to the church and to all men. (6-14) For the constancy of his mercy. (15-18) For the government of the world. (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. Think of the provocation; it was sin, and yet pardoned: how many the provocations, yet all pardoned! God is still forgiving, as we are still sinning and repenting. The body finds the melancholy consequences of Adam's offence, it is subject to many infirmities, and the soul also. Christ alone forgives all our sins; it is he alone who heals all our infirmities. And the person who finds his sin cured, has a well-grounded assurance that it is forgiven. 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|.
6-14 Truly God is good to all: he is in a special manner good to Israel. He has revealed himself and his grace to them. By his ways we may understand his precepts, the ways he requires us to walk in; and his promises and purposes. He always has been full of compassion. How unlike are those to God, who take every occasion to chide, and never know when to cease! What would become of us, if God should deal so with us? The Scripture says a great deal of the mercy of God, and we all have experienced 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. See why he pities. 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.
15-18 How short is man's life, and uncertain! The flower of the garden is commonly more choice, and will last the longer, for being sheltered by the garden-wall, and the gardener's care; but the flower of the field, to which life is here compared, is not only withering in itself, but exposed to the cold blasts, and liable to be cropt and trod on by the beasts of the field. Such is man. God considers this, and pities him; let him consider it himself. God's mercy is better than life, for it will outlive it. His righteousness, the truth of his promise, shall be unto children's children, who tread in the footsteps of their forefathers' piety. Then shall mercy be preserved to them.
19-22 He who made all, rules all, and both by a word of power. He disposes all persons and things to his own glory. There is a world of holy angels who are ever praising him. Let all his works praise him. Such would have been our constant delight, if we had not been fallen creatures. Such it will in a measure become, if we are born of God. 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. And let the feeling of each redeemed heart be, Bless the Lord, O my soul.
Anonymous's Psalms Chapter 103 comment on 11/21/2014, 6:33am...
It is a blessing to my soul.
Nadine's Psalms Chapter 103 comment on 11/03/2014, 11:34am...
This is a powerful Psalm but verse 8 jumps out at me. This verse tell of God 's unconditional love and mercy. God does not remember our sins, our shortcomings or our transgressions. This is a great feeling to know that our slate is wiped clean every time we ask God for forgiveness. God is such an awesome God. I wish everyone knew how Great a God he is.
Rojai's Psalms Chapter 103 comment on 11/02/2014, 1:34am...
My body to the lord my god in all my doings
Mary's Psalms Chapter 103 comment on 10/27/2014, 8:54pm...
Psalm 103 is a psalm to inoculate yourself against sicknesses and diseases.Selah!!!
Ivor's Psalms Chapter 103 comment about verse 12 on 10/05/2014, 6:01am...
In this verse many things I 've concluded but by far it is clearly east from west will be to infinity and God 's forgiveness for my transgressions is unending His Mercy last for all eternity and still more to come. How can I then not forgive my fellows if God can forgive me for every mistake fault transgression I made in the past today and tomorrow. Even more so now than before I sit and ponder and offer thanks to God today for allowing me to still live and experience Grace and Forgiveness when everyone is against me. "Judge not so that ye be not Judge " is more clearer in my mind than ever before. Thank My Lord and God with my Heart Hand Voice Talents so that God may be the Pinnacle Landmark of my life. My soul belongs to Jesus.
Doris's Psalms Chapter 103 comment on 9/09/2014, 12:35pm...
Every single time I hear "Bless the Lord O My Soul ", I just get Chills because it is so powerful and it jerks me back to reality. So often I as the Lord to bless this one or that one or me, but I forget that I need to Just call out and Bless him for all that he has done for me and continues to lay blessing on me.
Roy's Psalms Chapter 103 comment on 9/05/2014, 7:55am...
I just fell in love with Jesus.In verse 2 i just bless Him very second of my breathe because of all benefits i have and those in future from God. The whole Psalm is an amazing mystery from God. I wish all people knew about the love of Jesus. His name is sweeter than honey. The whole world would have him as a friend.
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