If you do not want that we track your visit to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here: We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers. Perhaps the boundlessness of east and west had begun to occur to them. He has not paid us the full wages of our sins, which is death (see Romans 6:23), but has instead allowed us to live. The connection of this word with the womb suggests a mother’s tender affection for her child––her willingness to show mercy––her willingness to help her errant child back to the right path. You ministers of His, who do His pleasure. Tools. 6 Yahweh executes righteous acts, $3.99 a month puts a library of commentaries, study notes, and Greek & Hebrew language tools right in your pocket. Read full chapter. Heeding the voice of His word. It is the opposite of acting righteously. Bless the LORD, you His angels, Psalms 103. 3 I will give thanks to you, O L ord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations. He then links that infinity to the infinity of Yahweh’s hesed––his loving kindness. 103 y Bless the L ord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Praise Yahweh, my soul! The word qodes (holy) means holy or sacred––set apart for holy purposes. Psalm 103 English Standard Version (ESV) Bless the Lord, O My Soul Of David. ~ Psalm 103:16 ESV. We’ve each laid in such a bed at times. Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. Psalm 103:13: Mal. 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 psalmist is not saying that Yahweh has established righteousness and justice for a particular situation, but rather that he broadcasts righteousness and justice widely––almost recklessly. Bless the Lord, O My Soul Of David. Here Yahweh moves with that kind of intensity to execute righteousness and justice for the oppressed. “The ‘my’ of personal experience merges into the ‘our’ of social fellowship, thus culminates in the ‘all’ of universal consciousness.” (Morgan). The Israelites were familiar with a host of regional nations––and many Israelites had sailed the Mediterranean Sea. Who excel in strength, who do His word, When the psalmist says that he will barak (praise) Yahweh, the word barak suggests that he will kneel in homage to Yahweh as a demonstration of reverence and an expression of praise. But regardless of the grievous quality of our sins––and the depth of our guilt––Yahweh has not responded with the punishment warranted by our sins. “Yahweh executes (Hebrew: ‘asah) righteous acts, (Hebrew: sedaqah) 103 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! # [See ver. “who satisfies (Hebrew: saba) you with good things” (Hebrew: tob) (v. 5a). The World English Bible is based on the American Standard Version (ASV) of the Bible, the Biblia Hebraica Stutgartensa Old Testament, and the Greek Majority Text New Testament. Here it linked with the word sem (name), so it means holy name––Yahweh’s holy name. And His righteousness to children’s children, #mercy #psalm 103:8 #long suffering #gods love for us #psalms #gods mercy #complaining #rage #conflict resolution #psalms 103 #atheists “who forgives all your sins; Our pride has leveled us to the point of losing everything. Red Letter. 103 y Bless the L ord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! (Hebrew: nepes) Otherwise you will be prompted again when opening a new browser window or new a tab. A Psalm of David. “Praise Yahweh, all you works of his, who heals all your diseases” (v. 3). Study This. He established a covenant with Abram and Abram’s descendants, and remained Israel’s covenant God through thick and thin. The word ga’al (redeems) means to redeem a person or to buy back the freedom of a person in bondage (Leviticus 25:45). All that is within me, bless his holy name — Let all my thoughts and affections be engaged, united, and raised to the highest pitch in and for this work. We have been to the high heavens, at least through photographs. The word derek (ways) means path, journey, or way. We’ve each laid in such a bed at times. Bible > Bible Commentary; John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible; Psalm; Psalm 103; John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible << Psalm 102 | Psalm 103 | Psalm 104 >> (Read all of Psalm 103) A Psalm of David. ~ Psalm 103:8 ESV. Name (sem) is another word replete with meaning. For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, Though he can hear the music of heaven, the songs and glees that will ultimately come of your present sighs and griefs, yet still he pities those groans and wails of yours.” (Spurgeon), iv. Psalm 103:12 Parallel. ~ Psalm 103:16 ESV. As for man, his days are like grass; This psalm calls more for devotion than exposition; it is a most excellent psalm of praise, and of general use. and justice for all who are oppressed. Yahweh’s compassion is like a father’s compassion for his children. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007), Freedman, David Noel (Ed. 103 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! 2 Awake, O harp and lyre! Toggle navigation Bible Verses Topics; Verse of the Day; Pictures; Commentaries; Devotionals ; Download Apps; Search. In times past, “a slow fuse” would have allowed the person lighting the fuse time to escape before the explosion. Yahweh created us. See Delaney, book 4: chap. Psalm 102 Psalm 104 Psalm 103 English Standard Version (ESV) Bless the Lord, O My Soul Of David. 2 y Bless the L ord, O my soul, and z forget not all his benefits, 3 who a forgives all your iniquity, who b heals all your diseases, 4 who c redeems your life from the pit, who d crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, 5 who e satisfies you with good. Bless the L ORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! The space also and distance of these two is the greatest that can be imagined, Deuteronomy 4:32, Psalms 113:3, Isaiah 45:6. 108 p My heart is steadfast, O God! 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. Ver. These two words are roughly synonymous, and are often used together to describe God (2 Chronicles 30:9; Nehemiah 9:17, 31; Psalm 111:4; 145:8; Joel 2:13; Jonah 4:2). This is the second of three over-the-top images that illustrate Yahweh’s love. • Yahweh’s pathway (derek) is the direction Yahweh would have us to go. Click on the different category headings to find out more. © Copyright - Enduring Word       |      . “Praise Yahweh, my soul, In all places of His dominion. 12. Accuse is a good translation. “Yahweh is merciful (Heb: rahum) and gracious” (Heb: hannun) (v. 8a). In this case, the psalmist is celebrating Yahweh’s forgiveness. 7. • Yahweh’s deeds (‘aliylah) began with the creation and extended throughout Hebrew history: The establishment of a covenant with Abraham––the uplifting of Joseph to a position of authority––the Exodus––the Babylonian Exile and the return of a remnant to Jerusalem. Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament . so that your youth is renewed like f the eagle’s. i. Later, they will learn what it means to hear and see less well––to be more subject to illness––to find the better jobs closed to them because of their age. I will awake the dawn! Righteousness (sedaqah) and justice (mispat) are closely related. “A flower of the field; which is more exposed to winds and other violences than the flowers of the garden, which are secured by the art and care of the gardener.” (Poole), ii. “There never was a time when He did not love you. The LORD has established His throne in heaven: David celebrated God’s secure reign from heaven. For us today, the high heavens have shrunk by virtue of space travel. Psalm 103:13. There are surely many reasons why Yahweh is compassionate, but the psalmist points out a particular reason. 1. Our foolish choices have brought results that are inescapable in life. Turn to Yahweh, your God; In the psalmist’s culture, as today, a person’s name referred to the essential character of the person. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! We don’t know the circumstances in which it was written, but since David was a man who knew the grace and deliverance of God many times, it could have been written at many different times of his life. He won’t stay angry forever, but is nevertheless capable of being angry at our iniquities. Does the mother’s love fluctuate with the moods of her sick babe?” (Meyer), ii. - Verse-by-Verse Commentary 103 y Bless the L ord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! who heals all your diseases; 4 who redeems your life from destruction; Redeemed man is the voice of nature, the priest in the temple of creation, the precentor in the worship of the universe.” (Spurgeon), iii. “He has not dealt with us according to our sins, (Hebrew: hete) nor repaid us for our iniquities” (Hebrew: ‘awon) (v. 10). The noun nepes (soul) means soul or life. On those who fear Him, - Verse-by-Verse Commentary Psalms 103. Title. 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. As far as the east, &c.] And these we know to be so far asunder that they shall never come together. The promises are made to those who fear Him, to those who keep His covenant, and those who remember His commandments to do them. English Standard Version. Our website uses cookies to store user preferences. This verse spells out the first two of several blessings (gemul––benefits) received from Yahweh––forgiveness of sins and healing from diseases––blessings both spiritual and physical. 103 1 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! To reverence Yahweh’s name is to reverence Yahweh. The word ‘ap means nose, nostril, or anger. There are a number of reasons for that, including the fact that “several Davidic psalms refer to the ‘temple’ (e.g., 5:7, 27:4; 65:4; 68:29” (Broyles, 28)—but the temple was built by David’s son, Solomon, and was not in existence during David’s lifetime. The Targum adds, "spoken in prophecy," as doubtless it was, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Psalm 103:11 ESV For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; ~ Psalm 103:11 ESV #gods love #heaven #gods love for us #psalms #gods mercy #healthy #psalms 103 #being with jesus #eagles wings #the color purple #finish the race “For (Hebrew: ki) as the heavens are high above the earth, See Delaney, book 4: chap. 1 above] Bless the Lord, O my soul,and #Deut Click to enable/disable essential site cookies. i. Bless the Lord, O My SoulOf David. Whether the psalmist really meant to expand this invitation to Gentiles is open to question. In both cases, “a slow fuse” suggests a grace period. “It is in the present tense, and carries the idea of continuity: at this very moment he is now pitying them that fear him. If he were not compassionate, we would have no hope. The word raham (compassion) suggests a visceral kind of compassion––a compassion that wells up from deep inside the person––a compassion deeply felt. Changes will take effect once you reload the page. Commentary. John Trapp Complete Commentary. Cross references. The LORD has established His throne in heaven, Psalm 103:2-4. 2 y Bless the Lord, O my soul, and z forget not all his benefits, 3 who a forgives all your iniquity, who b heals all your diseases, 4 who c redeems your life from the pit, who d crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, 5 who e satisfies you with good God Himself added humanity to His deity and experienced our frame and our dust-like weakness. This is one of a number of psalms that include a superscription concerning David. “In all his conduct towards us he considers the frailty of our nature, the untowardness of our circumstances, the strength and subtlety of temptation, and the sure party (till the heart is renewed) that the tempter has within us.” (Clarke). That seems peculiar. 103 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! In this verse, these words (ways and deeds) reinforce each other, but each brings its particular emphasis. PSALM 103 OVERVIEW.. And His kingdom rules over all. Psalm 103:1-5. But for the original readers of this psalm––feet firmly anchored on terra firma––the highest point they could conceivably reach would be the top of a mountain. so great is his loving kindness (Hebrew: hesed) toward those who fear him” (v. 11). Verse one of Psalm 103, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name” has inspired musical arrangements for generations. 103 1 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! The verb ‘asah (executes) notes action with a purpose––action that drives toward the accomplishment of a goal or the fulfillment of an obligation. After the many reasons given in Psalm 103, David had more reasons to bless the LORD at the end of the psalm. nor repaid us for our iniquities. 2 y Bless the L ord, O my soul, and z forget not all his benefits, 3 who a forgives all your iniquity, who b heals all your diseases, 4 who c redeems your life from the pit, who d crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, 5 who e satisfies you with good. People give him plenty of cause to impose punishment, but he often withholds his judgment to give them opportunity to repent––to turn––to return––to change. Also, many fathers are abusive to their children––so we should be careful when we compare Yahweh’s compassion to that of an earthly father. Waltner (p. 498) characterizes verses 11-14 as a for-as, as-for chiasmus––with each of the four verses beginning with a k sound. Who excel in strength, who do His word: The angels are strong and obedient, but even they should bless the LORD, giving Him praise and honor. 14 For he knows how we are made. When the flower is gone, virtually nothing remains – its place remembers it no more. A Psalm of David. This is the first of three examples in which the psalmist cites an over-the-top image to illustrate Yahweh’s love, kindness, forgiveness, and compassion. It acts, not like an old person, but a young one. Our foolish choices have brought results that are inescapable in life. 9 He will not always accuse; Specifically, the object of the praise is the Lord and the individual rather than the community adjures her or … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 103:1-8" Listen to the Bible. Psalm 103:19. One of the chief characteristics of God is that his love is enduring. 22; Ps. by Hank Workman. For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. But the psalmist lists as one of the blessings received from Yahweh that he renews our youth like the eagles. Psalms 103:5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good [things; so that] thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. “He will not always accuse; (Hebrew: riyb) He is intimately familiar with our strengths and weaknesses, and knows our potential for good and evil. “Praise (Hebrew: barak––bless) Yahweh, my soul! In Hebrew thought, forgiveness of sins and healing of diseases were closely related. 13 As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. The Israelites also used nepes to mean breath, the animating force that gives the creature life. This is probably one of those. The comment about dust alludes to the following verse from the creation account: “Yahweh God formed man from the dust of the ground, Psalm 103:16 ESV. The word barak (praise) is closely related to berak (kneel) and berek (knee). v. The wise reaction to this is, fear the LORD! 2 Awake, O harp and lyre! The name stands for the person. Yahweh outlined his pathway in great detail in the Law and the Prophets. That phrase, holy name, has deep meaning. Psalms 131, 133 and 134 each have three verses. 103 y Bless the L ord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Psalm 103:2 ESV Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, ~ Psalm 103:2 ESV #gratitude #psalms 103 #thankfulness #trust #counting your blessings #psalms #sickness #depressed #thanksgiving #praising god #thank you 103 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! לדוד ledavid — This is one of the psalms of David, which it is supposed was written by him after his recovery from a great illness. so that your youth is renewed like f the eagle’s. # [See ver. 5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! So the psalmist begins this psalm by calling himself to bless (barak) Yahweh from the depths of the psalmist’s being––and to bless (barak) Yahweh’s holy name. in all places of his dominion. 5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! I. The ASV, which is also in the public domain due to expired copyrights, was a very good translation, but included many archaic words (hast, shineth, etc. These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our website is being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our website and application for you in order to enhance your experience. and don’t forget all his benefits; 3 who forgives all your sins; Psalm 103 is an individual song or hymn of praise. He has a slow fuse. Following Yahweh’s pathway requires confining ourselves to its boundaries––not straying to either side––not succumbing to temptation to take a different pathway. neither will he stay angry forever” (v. 9). Psalm 103:1-13 English Standard Version (ESV) Bless the Lord, O My Soul Of David. Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. Psalm 103. (1-11) Encouragement by expecting the performances of God's promises to his church. Chapter 103. to celebrate, and its own access (cf. Ps. “When Melancthon was extremely solicitous [worried] about the affairs of the church in his days, Luther would have him admonished in these terms, Monendus est Philippzzs ut desinat esse rector mundi, Let not Philip make himself any longer governor of the world.” (Clarkson, cited in Spurgeon). That might have constituted a death sentence if travelers had not intervened to rescue Joseph from the pit and take him to Egypt as a slave (Genesis 37). Our pride has leveled us to the point of losing everything. Though he knows your trials will work for your good, yet he pities you. Commentary / Devotional. 12 As far as the east is from the west, 11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, The psalmist doesn’t describe Yahweh as angry, but instead says that he is “slow (Hebrew: ‘arek) to anger.” The word ‘arek is often used with regard to feelings, and suggests patience and what we might call “a slow fuse.”. “Good” in that account meant pleasing, proper, and as it should be. The marriage of ways (derek) and deeds (‘aliylah) in this verse shows the powerful ways that Yahweh reveals himself to his people. 7. TITLE. Study the bible online using commentary on Psalm 103:12 and more! iii. as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. Sermon Bible Commentary. All His works: “His song is no solo, for all creation is singing – or will sing – with him; but his voice, like every other, has its own part to add, its own ‘benefits’ (2ff.) Psalm 103. 2 y Bless the L ord, O my soul, and z forget not all his benefits, 3 who a forgives all your iniquity, who b heals all your diseases, 4 who c redeems your life from the pit, who d crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, 5 who e satisfies you with good. The word sahat (destruction) means a pit or trap, and one of those words would be a better translation here. The second half is an admonition not to forget blessings (gemul) received from Yahweh. Psalm 103 Commentary. Because of those associations, it is more often translated bless than praise. 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 man's frailty. 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