Psalm 103 – A Psalm of David, (this is a long psalm, but full of teaching)
1. Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
2. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and do not forget his acts of kindness.
3. Who forgives all your sins, 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 eagles.
6. The LORD brings righteousness and judgment for all that are burdened.
7. He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the children of Israel.
8. The LORD is full of mercy and grace, he is slow to anger, and has an abundance of mercy.
9. He will not always scold; nor will he keep his anger for ever.
10. He has not dealt with us according to our iniquities, nor rewarded us for our unrighteousness.
11. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy towards them that fear him.
12. As far as the east is from the west, that far has he removed our transgressions from us.
13. Like a father pities his children, so the LORD pities them that fear him.
14. For he knows our thoughts; he remembers that we are dust.
15. As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
16. For the wind passes over it, and it is gone; and the place where it was shall not know it anymore.
17. But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children;
18. To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
19. The LORD has prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom rules over all.
20. Bless the LORD, you his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, listening and obeying to the voice of his word.
21. Bless you the LORD, all you his hosts; you 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.
In the very first verse, David is worshipping the LORD with his soul, with everything that is within him, it is a heart worship, not a head worship. David wants to remember within his soul all God’s acts of kindness to him. And then he turns to the reader, and tells us that the LORD forgives all our iniquities, that is our acts of wickedness, he heals our diseases, he redeems our life from destruction (through our salvation by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ). The LORD is full of tender mercy towards us, and gives us good things, so that our soul is renewed.
David says the LORD is full of mercy and grace, he is slow to anger. But he will not always scold us, nor will he keep his anger forever. And then David tells us that these promises are for those that fear him, that is a respectful fear for who He is, our Holy LORD. Like a father pities his own children, the LORD has pity on those that fear him, because he knows our thoughts.
But as for man, those who do not trust in Him, he is as a flower that is here for one day in its full beauty, and gone the next and is not remembered.
But for those that fear the LORD, his mercy is for always and always, and to their children, and to their children’s children. His mercy is for those that remember his commandments. Jesus told us a new commandment, to love one another.
And then David speaks of the LORD in his throne in heaven, and how he rules over all. The angels are to bless Him, those mighty angels that are strong, and listen and obey the Lords commands to them. Finally David worships the Lord again by blessing the LORD, and all his works in all places.