Psalm 103 is a jubilant hymn of praise that magnifies the endless compassion and mercy of God. Contrasting with the earlier lamentations, this psalm focuses on giving thanks and remembering God's benevolence. It opens with the psalmist David inviting his own soul to bless the Lord and not forget all His benefits, enumerating gifts like forgiveness, healing, and redemption. David proceeds to highlight God's character: slow to anger, abundant in mercy, and just. He likens God's love to the vastness of the heavens above the Earth, and His understanding of human frailty to a father’s understanding of his children. The psalm then extends the call to praise to all of creation—angels, hosts, and works in all places of His dominion. The enduring theme of the psalm is the inexhaustible grace of God, which is as eternal as God Himself. Psalm 103 serves as a powerful reminder of the magnanimity of God’s love, urging believers to remember and celebrate the divine blessings that infuse both their personal lives and the world at large.

Psalm 103

1  (A Psalm of David.) Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

2  Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

3  Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

4  Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

5  Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so th at thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.

6  The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.

7  He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.

8  The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

9  He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.

10  He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

11  For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

12  As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

13  Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.

14  For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

15  As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.

16  For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.

17  But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;

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18  To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.

19  The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.

20  Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.

21  Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye 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.

End of Pslam 103

1 Year Plan:  Sept 9 - Isa 7, Isa 8,  Ps 103, Ps 104

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