psalm 103 nkjv commentary

It is not in ancient mythology. ; tr. 2. THE MEASURE OF DIVINE DEALING IS WHAT IS POSSIBLE FOR THE RACE. Poetic speech, eloquent phrase, beautiful music, skilled song,—all count for nothing if the soul be not in the work. No real want of the soul is left unsatisfied. Now—. Anointing sick people with oil was no religious ceremony in the days of the apostle. That goes into the word used, "executeth." For satisfaction with good. This also awaits us: would we but trust God more, we should know it for ourselves. And we are to resist and conquer forgetfulness and ingratitude. 2. GOD NEED NOT OVER CHIDE. The characteristics of youth belong to such. Learn more. Amongst these things, this fact declared in our text is one. II. 1. — Observe, reader, there is such a thing as a spiritual taste, an inward savour and relish of divine things; such an evidence of them to ourselves, by experience, as we cannot give to others. "Therefore humble yourselves," etc.—S.C. Personally. Divine continuance. First enter the service of Christ, and then look up for all the blessings assured to those who believe in him. 2. "Shall not want any good thing;" "Open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.". Bless the Lord, O my soul (comp. 2. That law is holy, just, and good, and clothed with power to enforce its sacred sanctions. Thus the traveller westward may be said to be ever chasing the west without coming nearer to it. This vehicle of the human spirit is wholly the plan of God. For, next, God crowneth with loving kindness. III. ... Blue Letter Bible study tools make reading, searching and studying the Bible easy and rewarding. Paragraph. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Redeemed man is the voice of nature, the priest in the temple of creation, the precentor in the worship of the universe.” (Spurgeon), iii. It may be freshly taken after a time of lapse. That excel in strength. Please see our Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. 1. Job 14:2; Isaiah 28:1; Isaiah 40:6; James 1:10; 1 Peter 1:24, etc.). The two are commensurate, and are "described by the largest measures which the earth can afford.". I. It should extend all the way to the angels, and David boldly told them to also bless the LORD. Inward praise, not the praise of the lips, is here called for—spiritual, not bodily worship. You can check these in your browser security settings. The spiritual operations of the mind are helped or hindered by the condition of the body. The special tone and habit of each individual are known to him. what holy joy! how ignorant! We may think of him studying each one as a parent does the disposition of each child. “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). John Trapp Complete Commentary. Its basis and foundation. 1. God has made use of our happy familiarity with parental love and pity to teach us what he himself is. he has got so familiar with it all; the work has become such a routine, that all the old zest and glow and enthusiasm are gone, and he too has become a mere professional guide. God is to us as we are to him. Like a king, they crown him. Carefully show the distinction between an absolute standard of morals, and an absolute setting, or application, of that standard. "Bless the Lord, O my soul!" Intellect, memory, imagination, affection, will, all the energies of our spiritual nature, should be engaged. What before He knew by observation, He submitted to know by experience. What he asks from each of us is just this—the noblest religious life we can reach under our existing body conditions. They who walk with God, abide in Christ, know what it is. God's praise is not to be rendered by an occasional and formal "returning of thanks" either at the table or in the church. And he will do this. A neighbour's pity or a friend's is not always helpful; they are either unwilling or unable to relieve and help us. There we get the idea most of all realized. Only when you can will God find it fitting to entrust you with the immortal and incorruptible body. St. Paul could say, "I have all, and abound.". How much better to be on the side of His pity and compassion than to be on the side of His anger or righteous judgment! Sometimes we feel depressed, and a sombre tone is put on our thinking. "Commentary on Psalms 103:4". 2. "acts of righteousness and acts of judgment." 1. God estimates circumstances and motives. The psalmist, speaking after the manner of men, and using terms for God which can only in strictness apply to men, declares that God can, and does, and will, utterly forget; "remember our sins no more." We may think of God's ways with us as based on the experience of Jesus. On those who fear Him, Psalm 103. For our creation, our endowment, our temporal mercies, our redemption at an infinite cost, and for all the Divine love, patience, considerateness (see above), we have been receiving from him, we owe him "perpetual songs of praise.". We certainly are under limited conditions, and these must be duly considered. It would be but a poor salvation if soul healing did not follow forgiveness, for without the latter we should soon be back to our sins again (2 Peter 2:22). II. 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. We must grow old. Psalms 19:1-4; Psalms 145:10; Psalms 148:7-13). 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. He made known his ways unto Moses. Illustrate by our Lord's parable of the unjust judge and the importunate widow. 4. 3. Three figures set before us the limitlessness of God's forgiveness. Evidently, these experiences of sickness were not then seen in their relation to character, and so there was no need to leave any narratives concerning them. i. “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. He has come to be so familiar with it all; he has said the same thing so many times, it is part of his professional talk; he has seen all these glorious things so often, that they have lost their power to affect him. Learn more Start my trial Back . 2. "The poet calls upon his soul to arise to praiseful gratitude for God's justifying, redeeming, and renewing grace.". Now, our ideal of age shifts. The path of their life is lit up by the sunshine of the love of God, and it grows brighter and brighter. If God did not make sin full of smart and pain, we should be sure to go back to it again. And his righteousness unto children's children. Psalm 103 Psalm 105 Psalm ... Psalm 104 New King James Version (NKJV) ... An integrated digital Bible study library - including complete notes from the NIV Study Bible and the NKJV MacArthur Study Bible, 2nd Edition - is just a step away! Among the greatest blessings which we receive of God is recovery from sickness. 1897. His strength is thus constantly renewed. It is inevitable. 5. THE SAFEGUARD is, by continual meditation, prayer, and obedience to the Lord, to maintain the freshness, the force, and the "first love." Divine considerateness. III. 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. “There never was a time when He did not love you. (Isaiah 38:17, "For thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.") Deliverance from threatened death. 3. The dearly loved, the precious, the innocent, suffer, die in thousands, and Nature has not a solitary tear for them. how poor in the power of our will! The psalmist calls upon his own soul, and so on each individual soul, to begin the song of praise, which is to terminate in a general chorus of blessing from all creation (Psalms 104:20-22). But such infliction does not argue that the sufferer is shut out from the love of God. The force of the machine is the blood. Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, The psalmist seems here to think of the crown as that which bedecks and beautifies; and he makes us think of the crown of flowers on the May queen, rather than of the jewelled crowns on wealthy kings. I. That of a father. Evidently he prayed the prayer of faith. Bless the Lord, O my soul. The glory of God is to be secured, that glory on which the well being of the whole universe depends. But the limit of the claim to necessities should be clearly shown. To our imagination, and therefore practically to ourselves, the heavens are much nearer to us, much more "central," than any Jerusalem could be. 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). "He knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust." Let all his works praise him. 2. If his throne were "prepared" anywhere on earth, while within sight of a few, it would be out of sight of and, in that sense, far away from many cities and provinces; but being "prepared in the heavens," it is (in thought and feeling) in view of all, and is thus near to all, and "his kingdom ruleth over all." Have we not everything here, in this utterance of the Old Testament, and in those others in the same Old Testament, which are like unto it? There is absolute freedom given to every man and woman under the sun to tell out the trouble to the Lord. Through this "everlasting mercy" of God, man, though so feeble and fragile, does not wholly pass away, but continues to be the recipient of God's bounty. that faith which cannot get expression in action is not acceptable faith, it is mere sentiment. 1. That complaint no man ever yet fairly made. We cannot be surprised that God, as Creator, should supply all the reasonable needs of his creatures; or that God, as Father, should supply all the wants of his children. We pass on by stages which succeed each other in regular and well marked order from infancy to the last scene of all, the second childhood, which finds us "sans teeth, eyes, taste—everything." Seated on his everlasting throne, he challenges the adoration of the whole universe. "But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting." II. Whole hearted. Whoever the author, we must regard the composition as less "the outbreathing of gratitude from one individual spirit" than "intended to be used as a national thanksgiving" (Kay). THAT EVEN THIS WILL HAVE AN END. III. That question is specially interesting because, when man is forgiven his sin, he finds it so hard to get rid of the memory of it. He meets need, but goes beyond need to give us all things "richly to enjoy." (c) 2020 The Enduring Word Bible Commentary by David Guzik – ewm@enduringword.com. They follow his footsteps, they drink into his Spirit; the mind which was in Christ is formed in them, and they grow up into him in all things. Many of our sufferings are self-incurred—such as we might have avoided. “We may lose ourselves amid the amplitudes of the lofty, wide-stretching sky, but this emblem of paternal love goes straight to our hearts. Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. Changes will take effect once you reload the page. Psalms 103:1, and the comment ad loc.). Get the sick man up, dress him, anoint him, in the full confidence that God answers prayer. 1. There is a certain obligation resting on God that arises out of his relationships. "All my whole nature—intellect, emotion, feeling, sentiment—brain, heart, lungs, tongue," etc. If you refuse cookies we will remove all set cookies in our domain. 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." So indeed did Jacob, but there is a fuller reference to his ending. But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting So, in the next clause, ‘dust’ carries on the allusion to Genesis, and the general idea conveyed is that of frailty.” (Maclaren), ii. From every point alike in the circuit of the world the east extends in one direction, the west in the other. 3. God's ways are "past finding out" by man (Romans 11:33); they must be "made known" to him. These are the highest possible. It may be observed that the Lord's gracious dealings are always to be thought of as strictly conditional. "Forget not any of his benefits." Its purpose and aim. As for man, his days are like grass: David expanded the thought of man’s weak frame and dust-like nature. But he "knows our frame." The translated Bible text has yet to go through Advanced Checking. "Behind the back" is a strong figure for "out of sight" and "out of mind.". The keen relish for all that is delightful is one of the blessed appanages of youth, and that which is like to it is part of the blessedness of that rejuvenescence of which we are speaking. 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. God considers the force of human frailty. And his righteousness unto children's children. ITS REASON. 3. To such as keep his covenant; i.e. Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! The voluntary Divine forgetfulness is a sublime conception. I. His friend and fellow labourer, Epaphroditus, was "sick, nigh unto death," but St. Paul put forth no power to heal him. "Segnius irritant animum demissa per aures, Quam quae sunt oculis subjecta fidelibus.". Here is a new departure. Divine patience. So Jesus said to the man with the withered hand, "Stretch forth thine hand!" 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. The Divine mercy when he has sinned (Psalms 103:3). Listen to the Bible. It is clear that they are given to the servants of God. But the renewal told of in the text is spiritual. Every day brings us nearer to old age, and there is no escaping it except by premature departure. Psalms 103:16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; literally, it is not. In all places of His dominion. Nor in Nature. These are they that, in an especial sense, do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. 1. Psalms 47:2; Daniel 4:34, Daniel 4:35). Then by yielding our young hearts to the Lord Jesus Christ, let us receive from him that eternal life, that life of the Spirit, whose youth is ever renewed. THE NATURE OF GOD'S PITY. But he, nevertheless, pities us then. 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. It must be a fear that produces obedience, or, in New Testament phrase, that is a "godly fear" (Hebrews 12:28). So with the greatest men—they pass away and are forgotten (comp. 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.). II. Our temptation and danger are to forget. He will accept repentance and amendment (Ezekiel 18:27) He will accept atonement (1 John 2:2). One king suffered from internal disease, and one had the gout, but there is only one instance in which any details of a sickness are given, and in that case the relation of it to character first clearly appears. Does the mother’s love fluctuate with the moods of her sick babe?” (Meyer), ii. Such is the title which a great preacher has given to a sermon on this text. 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). There is no aspect of the universe that is not under His reign. And surely, in view of the gospel, he might say the same to us. And he who accepted the service of his apostles in the garden, "knowing their frame" and the weakness of the flesh (Matthew 26:41); he who has owned and blessed the spiritual endeavour and the earnest labours of his people in every age and in every Church since then;—will accept our service and crown our labours now, though in the one and in the other we fall far short even of our own ideal. 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? "He will bring forth our righteousness as the light, and our judgment as the noon day.". 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. II. "All that is within me." 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. This is how we should praise the Lord. Men may be very true and very kind, but they pass to where they cannot reach and help us. his manifested Personality, which is almost the same thing as himself. Such were some of the reasons wherefore God became man, and lived and suffered and died in the Person of Christ. This is fully treated under verse 14. For he knoweth our frame; or, our formation (Kay)—the manner in which we were formed (see Genesis 2:7). To know God's will should be to obey. He pities us for our sins and mistakes. He held all his gifts under the most careful restraints. We need 2 cookies to store this setting. The excellency of human love, the comforts of home life, the sacred joy of worship. A distinctly Israelite point of view. What figures will best suggest the entireness of the removal of man's sin, when God, in his infinite goodness and mercy, deals with it and removes it? Sickness is reckoned with under the Mosaic system, but in a very peculiar way. Bless the LORD, all His works, 1. "The wicked one toucheth them not." Early in the psalm this text comes. The poor often find it nearly impossible to get their cases brought before the magistrates, judges, or kings of earth. They did not heal everybody. THE LORD OF THE OPPRESSED ACTS FOR THE OPPRESSED. “Man is but little, yet, placing his hands upon the keys of the great organ of the universe, he wakes it to thunders of adoration! Who excel in strength, who do His word, And his kingdom ruleth over all (comp. Such are the characteristics of this blessed and glorious kingdom, whose subjects consist only of regenerated souls—souls that can say, "Oh how I love thy Law! It is bountiful. Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. 3. God Himself added humanity to His deity and experienced our frame and our dust-like weakness. Those who prayed in faith for the healing of the sick should show their faith by acting as if their prayer was answered. Bless the Lord, all his works in all places of his dominion (comp. For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, All the oppressed and poor may be absolutely sure that Jehovah will considerately hear their cases, deal with perfect uprightness in relation to their trouble, and carry out his decisions, whatever they may involve. He disposes all persons and things to his own glory. What a contrast to the Lord's way I See how the father of the prodigal forgave, but the elder brother did not. That rule is here asserted. He had the gift of healing. 104:1, 35the Lord, O my soul;And all that is within me, bless His holy name!Bless the Lord, O my soul,And forget not all His benefits:#P 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. Life and immortality were brought to light by the gospel. What truer gospel can there be that such a rule is that under which we live? There is a world of holy angels who are ever praising him. And so, as our Lord said, "I, if I be lifted up, will draw all," etc. See the value of special seasons—sacramental seasons—when covenant pledges are forcibly brought to mind. Obedience. The case of the Apostle Paul is a remarkable one. 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