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1 (A Psalm of David.) Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

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.

6 The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.

7 He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.

8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

9 He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.

10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.

14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.

16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.

17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;

18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.

19 The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.

20 Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.

21 Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.

22 Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.

Commentary for Psalms 103

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.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 103

  • BETTY J on Psalms 103
    When you read psalms 103 it should make you ever so grateful that we a god who forgives our sin and heals all our diseases and redeems our souls from we so rightfully desire. who loves us so....in spite of the wretched our past and our oft times transgressions now... you can't help but have a heart of gratefulness, thankfulness praise, and worship and servitude towards the living and holy god.

    the psalm writer teaches us how to worship the everlasting, eternal, all-wise and righteous god, who is filled with love and compassion towards his children.
  • JC Dean on Psalms 103
    When seeking the Master ELOHIM while HE maybe found, it should be in total faith that passes all understanding. The people of this world have lost all hope and faith in the true ELOHIM that made heaven and earth. Psalms 103 speaks volume about our CREATOR desire to forgive us when judgement and doom is our reward. We should give HIM the highest praise and bless HIS holy name. Let us do HIS good pleasure, and show fourth HIS glory in love for one another. HE will save us, HE will heal us and forgive us of all our sins.
  • Oliver on Psalms 103
    Psalm 103 is the greatest change point for those who wonder
    But if read very carefully carefully and understand it your life never be the same
    I call it a greatest because touch my life and I hope it will touch others as well
  • Pastor Gumede on Psalms 103
    It is because of God's goodness n mercy that you are still alive today so why don't you bless him with your soul n all that is within you. For GOD said he will never leave you nor forsake you.
  • Patty Tozi on Psalms 103
    Praise God!!!
  • Sunday Oladimeji on Psalms 103
    Blessed be the name of the Lord.
  • David on Psalms 103
    Pure peacefulness. I came upon 103 from a referral of another source. Certainly makes a wretched one like me rejoice in the Lord and gives me sustenance to feed my repentance which cgor me is a dailey practice agsi st that which I struggle. Praise Yahweh and Yeshua!
  • Robert J. DeHaan on Psalms 103
    I will Praise You O Lord in this life and the life eternal. The scope of Your love creates so much wonder and Joy Divine. Psalm 103 and 104 have given me pause of just how brief life is here in the flesh, but you mercy so great it takes my breath away O Lord. Bless the Lord O My soul! I love Jesus Christ Your Son with all that I am. Make me a blessing to others O Lord. Amen
  • Greg on Psalms 103
    I remember my grandmother reading this Psalm. I am attempting to memorize it and I am in my sixties. Although my memory is older the time I spending remembering is like mediating day and night. There is an order to the Psalm and priority of things and I am glad it taking me longer to learn the psalm, more time with GOD's word and I going to I Corinthians 13 next challenging my grandsons also
  • Truth From the Book on Psalms 103
    God had mercy on me and answered prayer about my car. Praise the name of Jesus, Whom God sent to die for me, because God had mercy on me.


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