And the highest well being of his creatures. "Who crowneth thee with loving kindness and tender mercies." 6. Psalm 103:1-22. Psalms 103 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary by Albert Barnes, a dedicated student of the Bible, continues to be very popular even today. It is a ground of obligation. II. And the historical fact is that the power of healing passed away with the first generation of disciples. 1. If God deals with a morally fallen and frail race, he lets mercy help justice to fix the standard. 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. His is not the mere right of might, but a far higher thing, the might of right. Of how many might the opposite be said? There is a certain obligation resting on God that arises out of his relationships. It is paralleled but not surpassed by St. John's word, "God is love." …. It may have been taken in their names by their fathers. Before you read Psalm 103, ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and guide you into all truth (John 16:13). It is never too late for them. What an illustration have we in the life of St. Paul of this ever-renewed youth! Spiritual. 5. He’d heard about how quiet they are and thought it was would be a delightful way to explore the countryside. We have been using the prayer, Holy Spirit, think through me until your ideas become my ideas, or King David’s prayer, Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your law. The voluntary Divine forgetfulness is a sublime conception. Nor in Nature. In view of the way in which Eastern poets loved to repeat their thought with slightly altered phraseology, it is quite possible that the text may read, "Who forgiveth all thine iniquities, and healeth all thy soul diseases—those soul conditions of frailty and infirmity, out of which iniquities come." So man, when he flourishes most, is for the most part brought low by the wind of suffering, trouble, sickness, calamity, and sinks out of sight. It may be put in this way—The Divine provisions are crowned with Divine bestowments. We are to have confidence in the Divine energy and activity. God does pronounce his own judgments; God does execute his own sentences. Seeing it not, forgets it, as if it had never been. Psalms 103:11, Psalms 103:13). The conditions due to hereditary taint and to civilization. Psalms 104:4) that do his pleasure. A blackbird has been known to care for and feed a young robin that had fallen from its nest. Let God be banished from his throne, and straightway chaos comes again. Minds are spiritual things, but they work through a material frame. "The eyes of all wait upon thee, and thou givest them their meat in due season." She enriches, or crowns, her provisions. This was a part of the revelation made to Moses (Exodus 34:6), whose words the psalmist closely echoes, both here and in Psalms 86:15 (comp. "acts of righteousness and acts of judgment." There is a truth revealed in God's Word which seems to have a painful side. also Psalms 111:4; Psalms 112:4; Psalms 145:8). THE MISSION OF CHRIST WAS NEEDED IN ORDER TO REVIVE AND QUICKEN THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH OF THE LOVE OF GOD. For all that are oppressed. GOD NEED NOT OVER CHIDE. These latter he is angry with every day, and sternly punishes, and if they repent not he will destroy them. Who healeth all thy diseases. He pities us in our sufferings. God unites the clemency of the king with the justice of the magistrate. Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. He longed to join them and share in it; but the party would be hushed if he went in, and he would come away sad at heart to think that his presence should be the signal for silence among them, and that his son could not be merry in his company. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; literally, it is not. God has healed us again and again through the agency of the doctor and the medicine. There are grand conceptions of his power, omniscience, wisdom, and providence prevailing; but sometimes there are the tenderer conceptions of his goodness and mercy, as in the Psalms and prophets. Psalms 8:5; Psalms 18:50; Psalms 23:6, etc.). The path of their life is lit up by the sunshine of the love of God, and it grows brighter and brighter. Point out how the responsibilities of the covenant may be kept ever before our minds and hearts. The distance from north to south can be measured. We ourselves pass away and are forgotten, but God's mercy and his righteousness remain forever. And why should we regret it? And surely, in view of the gospel, he might say the same to us. WHAT IS SAID ABOUT SICKNESS IN THE GOSPELS? The Story of Psalm 103 Bible students believe that David wrote this psalm when he was an old man. Its subject is rather this—What moral end can explain the Divine permission of sickness? Not δυνάμις alone, but ἐξουσί. Feed my sheep … Feed my sheep." Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! There may be a right or a wrong excuse drawn from the weakness of human nature. It may, indeed, be said that it is impossible to conceive of any of God's creatures or children who owe him so much as we do. Either by making the chiding over severe or by keeping it on too long. Neither will he keep his anger forever. He is mindful of, and considerate towards, all forms of racial peculiarity and disability. he cometh up in full vigour, glorious to look upon, rejoicing in his youth and strength, but within a little time he fadeth, falleth away, or is "cut down, dried up, and withered." It is a beginning of hope, that the Lord surely heeds us. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him (comp. God said to the Jews, "What more could I have done for my vineyard?" 2. PSALM 103 – PRAISE FOR THE LORD’S MERCIES Author: King David wrote this Psalm. 1. A THANKFUL SURVEY OF THE FATHERLY MERCIES OF GOD. The brain is the central machine, to which are attached the separate machines of the senses. He remembereth that we are dust (comp. This is the first and greatest of "benefits," and is therefore placed first, as that for which we ought, above all else, to bless God. So short and frail is life that a breath may destroy it. "We go into the company of young men like Chris Newcome and his friends; they cease their laughter and subdue their talk to the gravity which is supposed to be fit for the ears of the seniors. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. Deuteronomy 6:12; Deuteronomy 8:11, Deuteronomy 8:14, etc.). With the brevity of all human things we contrast the continuance of the Divine. The meaning is, not "thy youth is renewed as an eagle's youth is," for an eagle's youth is not renewed; but "thy youth is renewed, and is become in its strength like an eagle.". know it no more — no more recognize him (Psalm 90:6; Isaiah 40:6-8). THE SOUL URGENTLY SUMMONED TO PRAISE GOD FOR HIS GOODNESS. Introduction Thanksgiving is certainly a good time of the year to remember all our blessings from God. When sickness seems about to be mortal, or when danger threatens from foes, God often steps in and "redeems" men—i.e, saves them, rescues them (see Psalms 56:13; Psalms 116:8; Isaiah 38:16, Isaiah 38:20). 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. To know God's will should be to obey. And so it was to everybody in his day. It is true that the soul yfpg is here addressed ( Psalms 103:1); but the spirit may be called the ornament or glory of the soul. "But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting." (See homily on this subject.) Copyright StatementThese files are a derivative of an electronic edition prepared from text scanned by Woodside Bible Fellowship.This expanded edition of the Jameison-Faussett-Brown Commentary is in the public domain and may be freely used and distributed. 2. All the extra things, all the pleasant things, all the pretty things, of life, are bestowments of the Divine loving kindness and tender mercies. II. III. Get the sick man up, dress him, anoint him, in the full confidence that God answers prayer. Sometimes we feel depressed, and a sombre tone is put on our thinking. Man's punishments too often are utterly loveless. 4. He "redeemeth thy life from destruction." A prophet prays, "O Lord, correct me, but in measure." So indeed did Jacob, but there is a fuller reference to his ending. And we are but children in the germ and infancy of our being. He is not implacable. Is youth yet ours? God's judgments are after another standard. Our Lord often uses it: "Verily, verily, I say unto you;" "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Yes; we must grow old. do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. Then the answer comes—It is what God gives a man beyond his mere necessities, in the rich outpouring of Divine loving kindness and mercy. The point made by the psalmist is that God's dealings with men are not measured with the same measure as man's dealings with his fellow men. "Like as a father," etc. Like as a guide to the loveliest scenes of nature may lead a traveller to different points of view, which will show the glorious landscape at its best, and may expatiate on the beauties that are to be seen, yet may himself be not in the slightest degree stirred or moved by what he calls on the traveller to admire. Repeated in Psalms 103:2; also at the end of the psalm; and again in Psalms 104:1, Psalms 104:35. Such soul delights not merely in the kind acts of God, but in the pure and perfect character of God. 1. His acts unto the children of Israel. Praise. It shows us how we should praise the Lord. THE FULL, CLEAR DECLARATION OF THIS IS FOUND ONLY IN THE BALE. Old men have confidence in our judgment, grow civil as they see we are approaching to their side, and have arrived at an age when it should be no longer true that "knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers." "They go from strength to strength;" "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;" "Whoso liveth and believeth on me," said our Lord," shall never die." Verse 1 Psalm 103:1-22. This tender and considerate representation of God is full of comfort to us. There is a world of holy angels who are ever praising him. The inferior, no less than the superior, ranks of angels continually carry out the will of God, being "ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation" (Hebrews 1:14). "All my whole nature—intellect, emotion, feeling, sentiment—brain, heart, lungs, tongue," etc. God's mercy is the cause, the removal of sin the result. God's decisions never merely lie on a statute book, like many acts of earthly courts and parliaments. "Shall not want any good thing;" "Open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.". 1. Now, the psalmist has the utmost satisfaction in God, because he is quite sure that God never over chides. They did not heal everybody. how feeble in the power of our convictions! And this is a real possibility and a terrible peril. 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 forgiven man may have to suffer much in consequence of his past sins, but it is as nothing compared with what he would have had to suffer had he not been forgiven. Then there was held up—placarded, as St. Paul says (Galatians 3:1)—before the eyes of all men, what the pity and love of God could do and endure for the sake of sinful men. Feeling this to be the great aim in life leads to the excesses and extravagances of hermits and devotees. Such is the title which a great preacher has given to a sermon on this text. God‘s benevolence implies no merit. This is the renewing of the Holy Ghost, which accounts for their renewed youth. THE REASONS OF GOD'S PITY. Life and immortality were brought to light by the gospel. The sin is not absolutely and entirely the man's own. It is part of a review of God's personal mercies to the psalmist, but it is doubtful whether the psalmist referred to times of bodily disease and bodily healing, or to the soul diseases which answer to "iniquities." But the renewal told of in the text is spiritual. Judgment is in one sense for the oppressed, and in another sense for the oppressors.—R.T. 3. II. Sickness is reckoned with under the Mosaic system, but in a very peculiar way. 2. Our temptation and danger are to forget. How can that be? 1871-8. 1897. It may be observed that the Lord's gracious dealings are always to be thought of as strictly conditional. And this safeguard is sure.—S.C. III. (For the nature of the "fear" spoken of, both here and in Psalms 103:11, see the description in Psalms 103:17, Psalms 103:18.) It is a source of inspiration. Divine considerateness. Psalms 47:2; Daniel 4:34, Daniel 4:35). Amongst these things, this fact declared in our text is one. Its moral perfection is seen supremely in the atoning work of our Lord Jesus Christ. It was treated as an outward sign and consequence of sin; both the sick person and those who tended him being treated as "unclean." It must be a fear that produces obedience, or, in New Testament phrase, that is a "godly fear" (Hebrews 12:28). And—. WE SHOULD BE THANKFUL THAT IT IS ONLY CHIDING, not something worse. He may have begun with enthusiasm for the blessed truths and the bright prospects to which he was to lead others; he had such joy in them himself, that to show to others these things seemed an employment to which he might, as in fact he did, give his whole life and soul. However, nothing in the psalm or anywhere else enables us to determine the precise occasion on which it was written." The apostles never claimed to exert any independent powers. III. Innocence, also. Job 14:2; Isaiah 28:1; Isaiah 40:6; James 1:10; 1 Peter 1:24, etc.). He may be compelled to keep on awhile a training work he has begun, because, even if he could stop it, he would do serious mischief by stopping it. Now—. (Psalms 103:1, Psalms 103:2.) God considers the force of human frailty. 3. tender mercies — compassions (compare Psalm 25:6; Psalm 40:11). First enter the service of Christ, and then look up for all the blessings assured to those who believe in him. Since Christ's time, sickness, disease, and disability have taken rank among God's remedial agencies, God's character culturing agencies, God's sanctifying agencies. II. In how many ways do we go wrong, not of set purpose, but unwittingly; or from the force of education and outward circumstances! (Psalms 103:3, latter part, and 4.) The subject is suggested by its closing words. Praise for the Lord’s Mercies - A Psalm of David. Hezekiah, in the middle of his reign, but before any son and heir was born to him, was smitten down with a bad kind of boil or carbuncle, which put his life in peril. They always healed "in the Name of Christ." And we are to resist and conquer forgetfulness and ingratitude. 1. What he asks from each of us is just this—the noblest religious life we can reach under our existing body conditions. NEVERTHELESS, SUGGESTIONS OF IT ARE TO BE FOUND. What a contrast to the Lord's way I See how the father of the prodigal forgave, but the elder brother did not. I. Except possibly for King Josiah (see 2 Kings 22:1-2 and 23:25), King David was the most godly king of ancient Israel. And we sin with knowledge. "All that is within us," the whole range of our faculties, is to combine to speak and to sing his praise. We sin through ignorance. God had satisfied his prime (marginal reading, Revised Version) with good things—had so visited and renewed him in his manhood, that now, instead of a growing feebleness, he felt the vigour and hopefulness of youth; perhaps he was far enough on the way to be said to be "still bringing forth fruit in old age." Psalms 36:5, "Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens, and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds"). The work of the physician must always be traced back to the Divine Physician, who alone has proved to be the recuperative force in human vitality. And it is promised (see Ezekiel 36:25). The overthrow of evil, and the consequent deliverance of the good (Psalms 103:6). Punishment is love seeking to recover the sinful child. That complaint no man ever yet fairly made. Personally. Bless the Lord, all his works in all places of his dominion, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. His aim is to make us strong and great. Our praise is to be the devout expression of our deep feeling; much more than a reverent attitude or an appropriate deliverance: "all that is within us" (Psalms 103:1) is to come forth in grateful utterance; our song is to express our soul; it is to be the natural, unbidden voice of our homage, our attention, our love, our submission, our consecration. Because he is never carried away by feeling. And real necessities are very few, and can be easily defined. He need not: 1. "Forget not any of his benefits." EXPLAINS ITS SECRET. 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