psalm 103 nkjv commentary

Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things. For He knows our frame: The pity and compassion of God toward those who fear Him are rooted in His knowledge and understanding of our inherent weakness and impermanence, our transience. God is speaking to his own children, not to the world of the ungodly. Learn more Start my trial Back . He has not sat and looked on and done nothing. Includes all that come between. God's pity for his children is felt. II. Then the very tenderest and strongest as well as the purest emotions of the human heart are stirred. II. Click to enable/disable _gid - Google Analytics Cookie. His acts unto the children of Israel. As for man, his days are like grass: David expanded the thought of man’s weak frame and dust-like nature. As for man, his days are as grass. III. Seated on his everlasting throne, he challenges the adoration of the whole universe. Click to enable/disable essential site cookies. I. There is a fairly good sense in which the creature and the child may be said to have claims on God, to which, if he be God, he must respond. Bless his holy Name; i.e. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? I. Christ is the Bread of their life, and they live by him. And forget not all his benefits (comp. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us, For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. The Pulpit Commentary. Who forgiveth all thine iniquities. 3. Our website uses cookies to store user preferences. Their marvel always has been, and always will be, that God should put such strict limitations on his chidinge, and accomplish such an "exceeding and eternal weight of glory" by such "light afflictions." It may be observed that the Lord's gracious dealings are always to be thought of as strictly conditional. It is to that covenant we are pledged; and that covenant we do well to keep in mind. Some diseases spoil the vision. "Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him." The Lord Jesus searchingly said, "If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them!". THE DISTANCE OF EAST FROM WEST. 5:3) to the attentive ear of God.” (Kidner), ii. Sometimes we feel depressed, and a sombre tone is put on our thinking. Children think all grown up people old, and some very old. If God deals with a morally fallen and frail race, he lets mercy help justice to fix the standard. Check to enable permanent hiding of message bar and refuse all cookies if you do not opt in. And he will do this. For penalty in this life averted. It may be freshly taken after a time of lapse. All Those Bagpipes Of the texts that the lectionary pitches for this Sunday (Luke 13, Hebrews 12, Isaiah 58, Psalm 103), I suggest letting the first three go by and taking a cut at the fourth. THE WHOLE INWARD MAN IS TO RECOUNT TO ITSELF THE MERCIES OF GOD. 1. The glory of God is to be secured, that glory on which the well being of the whole universe depends. 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." Christian joy is very closely linked with bodily health, and Christian gloom with bodily disease. The continuance of Divine protection and replenishment to later life (Psalms 103:5). WHAT IS SAID ABOUT SICKNESS IS THE EPISTLES? 4. The mercies that are uninterrupted by constraint. You can check these in your browser security settings. Sickness illustrated sin. We fret to be free from the body, as St. Paul apparently did: "Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?" III. That complaint no man ever yet fairly made. God's forgiveness of sin is a frequent topic with the psalmists (see Psalms 25:11, Psalms 25:18; Psalms 32:1; Psalms 51:9; Psalms 85:2; Psalms 86:5, etc.). For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; And the place thereof shall know it no more; But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him. And its place remembers it no more. It is as the apple tree among the trees of the wood, and its golden fruit has a flavour such as no fruit ever bears unless it has been ripened in the full suushine of mercy. There is always, therefore, the danger that a man will transfer his own feeling to God, and persuade himself that, though God may forgive, he never really forgets. He is not implacable. We might think of justice and judgment as the pillars of God's throne, and yet conceive of him as only announcing his just decisions; leaving to others the work of carrying them out. This tender and considerate representation of God is full of comfort to us. Praise. When Job's friends came to comfort him, they could think of no other view of sickness than this, though Job felt sure that there must be a higher meaning, if only he could reach it. You can also change some of your preferences. Of Moses it is said that his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated. Our Lord, as a moral and spiritual Teacher, our Lord as a Saviour, found in men's sicknesses, infirmities, and. "All that is within me." When the flower is gone, virtually nothing remains – its place remembers it no more. He pities us in our sufferings. THROWING INTO THE SEA. In every sin committed by the individual the element of heredity has to be taken into account. It is paralleled but not surpassed by St. John's word, "God is love." This vehicle of the human spirit is wholly the plan of God. And we are to resist and conquer forgetfulness and ingratitude. Using oil in the toilet was simply the sign of health. Then sickness was seen to be one of the great moral agencies by means of which God wrought his higher work in characters and in souls. Is youth yet ours? Remember, then, two things: It may be that we shall be surprised to find what soul progress we have really made, when the body-clog drops off. And this in no mere poetic sense, but literally and truly. iii. Our God is "slow to anger." 3. Psalms 103:11, Psalms 103:13). God unites the clemency of the king with the justice of the magistrate. And His kingdom rules over all. The following cookies are also needed - You can choose if you want to allow them: You can read about our cookies and privacy settings in detail on our Privacy Policy Page. Praise for the Lord ’s Mercies. So with the greatest men—they pass away and are forgotten (comp. The sin is not absolutely and entirely the man's own. Early in the psalm this text comes. Christian, sing this psalm more heartily, so that many poor lost ones, hearing its sweet evangel, may turn and with you bless the Lord.—S.C. Children's children can only inherit its blessings by cleaving to it.". THAT THERE IS SUCH CHIDING. Such were some of the reasons wherefore God became man, and lived and suffered and died in the Person of Christ. He never "continueth in one stay." Suffering produced moods of mind in men which laid them open to his higher influence. Sickness, in the old economy, served its purpose simply as the outward sign of God's judgment on sin. The care of God for the "oppressed" is a marked feature of Holy Scripture (see Exodus 2:23-25; Exodus 3:9; 2:18; 6:9; Job 35:9-14; Psalms 9:9; Psalms 10:18; Psalms 79:1-13 :21; Psalms 146:7; Isaiah 1:17, etc.). He is mindful of, and considerate towards, all forms of racial peculiarity and disability. One point only need be mentioned. John Trapp Complete Commentary. We fret over such things, until we remember that our God knows all. And His righteousness to children’s children, Go to, To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, Who crowneth thee with loving kindness and tender mercies. This also awaits us: would we but trust God more, we should know it for ourselves. It is inevitable. 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. the Jews from Pharaoh and from Haman and from Sanballat); more often by the constant outworking of those righteous laws which are always acting on behalf of rectitude against iniquity (see Psalms 34:15, Psalms 34:16). The burning sirocco, the wind of the desert, variously named in various places, blows … a. Its purpose and aim. Such soul delights not merely in the kind acts of God, but in the pure and perfect character of God. He "redeemeth thy life from destruction." His hesed – covenant love, loyal kindness – endures from all ages to all ages. "Forget not," etc. Psalms 8:5; Psalms 18:50; Psalms 23:6, etc.). 3. 2. II. God's ways are "past finding out" by man (Romans 11:33); they must be "made known" to him. If you refuse cookies we will remove all set cookies in our domain. But if youth has passed away for us, let us in like manner renew it, and gain again all those blessed characteristics, only in far higher degree and manner, which are God's gift to them that are young.—S.C. Please see our Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. 1 of 1. Then show that personal love can never rest satisfied with its objects being merely provided for; it never can rest until they are happy—happy up to the very limit of their power to be happy. Life and immortality were brought to light by the gospel. III. These are the highest possible. “It is in the present tense, and carries the idea of continuity: at this very moment he is now pitying them that fear him. III. Because he is never carried away by feeling. How weak we are in the body to contend against the mighty forces of nature, to encounter accident, to endure suffering! God has made use of our happy familiarity with parental love and pity to teach us what he himself is. Christian service is imperfect; our character is blemished, and our work is faulty; but it is sincere; it is rooted in faith; it is animated by love; it is purified by prayer. Nor in Nature. God Himself added humanity to His deity and experienced our frame and our dust-like weakness. Job 14:2; Isaiah 28:1; Isaiah 40:6; James 1:10; 1 Peter 1:24, etc.). And it is promised (see Ezekiel 36:25). With that he would crown them.—R.T. The "Song of the Three Children" is a natural outburst from devout hearts. 2. Its actual parts, powers, relations, are known to him. To "bless" is more than to praise; it is to praise with affection and gratitude. That of a father. 1. b. 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. God is the infinitely self-restrained One; and so he is always himself, and perfectly competent to deal with every case. It is the righteousness of God that he is right towards every one; all may seek, and none ever seeks in vain. If God did not make sin full of smart and pain, we should be sure to go back to it again. how feeble in the power of our convictions! Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. Instead of inflicting pain, poverty, misery, death—the wages of sin—God has, 4. His days fleet and fade. And the historical fact is that the power of healing passed away with the first generation of disciples. He dealt with it only as a means of securing soul healing. In all places of His dominion. On account of our weakness. 2. Forget not all his benefits — In order to our duty, praising God for his mercies, it is necessary we should have a grateful remembrance of them. Deuteronomy 32:6; Job 10:8; Isaiah 29:16; Isaiah 63:16; Isaiah 64:8, etc.). This may be worked out along two lines. Feeling this to be the great aim in life leads to the excesses and extravagances of hermits and devotees. For all that appears in the record, neither the patriarchs nor their families suffered any sicknesses during their lives. Its regulating law. How weak in mind! Though he knows that there is sin in you, which, perhaps, may require this rough discipline ere you be sanctified, yet he pities you. Psalm 103 A psalm of David. 2. So, in the next clause, ‘dust’ carries on the allusion to Genesis, and the general idea conveyed is that of frailty.” (Maclaren), ii. I. DIVINE PROVISIONS. Used by Permission. But alas! It will inflict pain. We have one such in this text. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him (comp. It is bountiful. This is the true confidence of the children of God. Job 7:10). 5. And we sin with knowledge. But such infliction does not argue that the sufferer is shut out from the love of God. Trophimus was left at Miletum sick, but it did not enter the apostle's mind that he, or the eiders, could have cured him if they had tried. ", 3. "Segnius irritant animum demissa per aures, Quam quae sunt oculis subjecta fidelibus.". Verse. He meets need, but goes beyond need to give us all things "richly to enjoy." As in Job 33:23-26, where not physical, but spiritual, rejuvenescence is the theme. Divine continuance. 4. The original meaning of the word seems to have been "gay ornament," whence it passed to "gaiety," "desire of enjoyment," "desire" generally ( τὴν ἐπιθυμίαν σου, LXX.). It is as if God had thoroughly made up his mind that he would never look upon them again; he had done with them forever. b. Who redeemeth thy life from destruction. "He will not always chide." But precisely the test under which each one of us is placed is this—Can you live a godly life in that body of yours, and under those precise body conditions of yours? Its extent. Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts. Let God be banished from his throne, and straightway chaos comes again. Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, you His angels, what holy joy! And the highest well being of his creatures. TO REVEAL ITS ENLARGED SCOPE AND AIM. (Isaiah 38:17, "For thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.") 103 1 A Psalm of David. And His kingdom rules over all: An eternal contrast is made between the Ruler and the ruled. THE NATURE OF GOD'S PITY. They conceived of themselves as holding that special ability in trust for particular ends in the propagation of the gospel. But that was a long time ago. And this is a real possibility and a terrible peril. 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. his material universe—cannot, of course, he said to "bless" God in the same sense that men and angels do; but, in a language of their own, they set forth his glory, and to the poetic mind seem truly to sing his praise. Enrich your faith and grow in spiritual maturity with the incredible Bible study and devotional books listed below. Praise for the LORD’S Mercies. The very variety unduly troubles us, and we fear lest God should regard us as unstable. "The blessings of the covenant are no inalienable right. But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him (comp. Such suggestions are traceable amongst the higher orders of animal life. If God decides a thing, it has to be carried out; nay, he himself presides over the carrying it out. II. Who healeth all thy diseases. Isaiah 40:31). Bless the Lord, ye his angels (comp. 2. Death, till Christ came, kept its sting, and the grave its victory, but he took both away. "acts of righteousness and acts of judgment." Click on the different category headings to find out more. And there we learn what pity is and will do. I. The glorious attainment of the religious life is to get above bodyhinderings; to become master of our bodies in Christ; to "know how to possess the vessels of our bodies in sanctification and honour." 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). But, however that may be, it is certainly true that God is the Healer of all men's diseases. Its subject is rather this—What moral end can explain the Divine permission of sickness? Sometimes we cannot think—we must just be still. Gordon Churchyard. 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: 3 Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, 4 Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, 5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. WHAT IS SAID ABOUT MEN'S SICKNESSES IN THE OLD TESTAMENT? 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." Punishment is love seeking to recover the sinful child. We may fully hold both truths of fact. Now, our ideal of age shifts. REMOVAL BEHIND THE BACK. You always can block or delete cookies by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this website. And his righteousness unto children's children. "Casting" behind the back implies resolute purpose. It is a source of inspiration. c. Bless the LORD, all you His hosts: The angels also make up God’s hosts: His heavenly army under His command who do His pleasure. 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. In the strophe Psalm 103:1 the poet calls upon his soul to arise to praiseful gratitude for God's justifying, redeeming, and renewing grace. 5. “The ‘my’ of personal experience merges into the ‘our’ of social fellowship, thus culminates in the ‘all’ of universal consciousness.” (Morgan). The "works of God"—i.e. What truer gospel can there be that such a rule is that under which we live? "As one whom his mother comforteth"—with such perfect sympathy, such exquisite tenderness—does God comfort us (Isaiah 66:13). As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. 3. Well, indeed, would it be if we made as generous allowance for one another as our Master makes for us all. Men may be very true and very kind, but they pass to where they cannot reach and help us. A Psalme of Dauid. They who chide when in a passion always over chide; they try to satisfy their feeling—and it is unrestrained feeling—rather than the actual demands of the case. Physical fatigue; less of elasticity and power; he gives in sooner than he did when strain is put on his strength. And to those who remember His commandments to do them. What a history it would be if we could only trace out what this psalm has done for God's saints in all ages! Psalm 103:1-22. All his works praise him; unconsciously they "declare his glory. It is so in these ways. 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