Psa 103: A Call to Praise the Lord who is worthy
Comments: David stirs himself up to praise the Lord,
who is worthy because of all He does. The Lord's activity is declared
[v.3-7] and the nature & extent of His love [v.8-14,17,18]
Mankind may be frail and transient [v.15,16] but the Lord is the
eternal ruler over all things [v.19] and so the psalmist concludes
with a call to all to praise the Lord [v.20-22]. A psalm of the
greatness of the Lord and a call to praise Him.]
David challenges himself to praise the Lord for all His goodness
all my inmost being, praise his holy
and forget not all his benefits –
He lists the things the Lord does
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and
your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed
like the eagle's.
and justice for all the oppressed.
made known his ways to Moses,
his deeds to the people of Israel:
The Lord's nature
is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
will not always accuse,
nor will he harbour his anger for ever;
does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
The extent of His love and forgiveness
as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear
far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions
His compassion & understanding
a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who
he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.
The frailty of mankind
life of mortals is like grass,
they flourish like a flower of the field;
wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more.
Again the extent of the Lord's love [& conditions to receive
from everlasting to everlasting
the Lord 's love is with those who
and his righteousness with their children's
those who keep his covenant
and remember to obey his precepts.
The Lord's sovereign rule
has established his throne in heaven,
and his kingdom rules over all.
A Call to heaven & earth (& himself) to praise the Lord
Praise the Lord,
you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his bidding,
who obey his word.
Praise the Lord,
all his heavenly hosts,
you his servants who do his will.
all his works
everywhere in his dominion.
Comments: Note all the things the psalmist says about
the Lord that make Him worthy of our praise.]
to Psa 104