PM August 13th Psalm 103

August 13th

Psalm 103

A Psalm of David

God’s love
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 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 that 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; 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.

Psalm 104

God is the creator
1: Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty. 2: Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain: 3: Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind: 4: Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire: 5: Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever. 6: Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains. 7: At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away. 8: They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them. 9: Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth. 10: He sendeth the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills. 11: They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild asses quench their thirst. 12: By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their habitation, which sing among the branches. 13: He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works. 14: He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; 15: And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man's heart. 16: The trees of the LORD are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted; 17: Where the birds make their nests: as for the stork, the fir trees are her house. 18: The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; and the rocks for the conies. 19: He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down. 20: Thou makest darkness, and it is night: wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep forth. 21: The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God. 22: The sun ariseth, they gather themselves together, and lay them down in their dens. 23: Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening. 24: O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches. 25: So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts. 26: There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein. 27: These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give them their meat in due season. 28: That thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good. 29: Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: thou takest away their breath, they die, and return to their dust. 30: Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth. 31: The glory of the LORD shall endure for ever: the LORD shall rejoice in his works. 32: He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: he toucheth the hills, and they smoke. 33: I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. 34: My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD. 35: Let the sinners be consumed out of the earth, and let the wicked be no more. Bless thou the LORD, O my soul. Praise ye the LORD.
Today we are reading Psalm 103 & 104. In Psalm 103 David brings a song which is very famous. It is a song of praise for the coming kingdom and is beautiful in its structure.
A. An encouragement to bless the Lord
   B. The Lords kingdom and Israel
      C. The merciful goodness of the Lord
         D. The sparing goodness of the Lord
            E. The pardoning goodness of the Lord
            E. The pardoning goodness of the Lord
         D. The sparing goodness of the Lord
      C. The merciful goodness of the Lord
   B. The Lords kingdom and the nations
A. An encouragement to bless the Lord
This is a Psalm of David but it refers to David’s greater son – Christ. He begins calling on his own soul to bless the LORD – Jehovah. And he calls on himself for total devotion. He says again to himself bless the Lord O my soul and do not forget all the blessings of God. And why would you bless the Lord David? Because he says, he forgives all your iniquities and heals all your diseases. This is a clear declaration of the link in the old covenant between sins and sickness. He redeems my life from destruction and crowns me with loving kindness and tender mercies. The Lord gives me enough food so that my strength is renewed like the strength of an eagle. The LORD brings righteous judgments on behalf of all the oppressed. The Lord revealed himself to Moses but he demonstrated his acts of power to Israel. The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to get angry and he has plenty of mercy. The Lord will not always rebuke his people nor will he keep his anger forever. David says that the Lord has not dealt with us according to our sins nor rewarded us according to our iniquities, because as far as the heaven is high above the earth so great is his mercy toward all those that fear him. David says that the Lord has removed our sins as far as the east is from the west. The Lord is like a father who pities his children who fear him. This is because the Lord knows our skeleton and he remembers that we are made of dust. Mans days are like grass and a flower which the wind passes over and it is gone. But the mercy of the Lord is from eternity to eternity to those who fear him. This is in complete contrast to Grace. Christians know, not just the withholding of punishment, but the bestowal of blessing to the unrighteous, on the basis of faith in Christ’s blood. But here David says that Gods blessing is on those who keep the commandments. The LORD has prepared his throne in heaven and his kingdom rules over all. Then he calls on angels, to bless the LORD, who are very powerful and who obey his directions listening to his voice. He says you angels, bless the Lord and David calls on all creation to bless the LORD and finally he tells himself to bless the Lord. In Psalm 104 David brings another song in which he speaks of the KING coming in power and great glory to establish his Messianic reign. David begins and ends with a blessing on the LORD. Then he brings four verses in which he describes the six days of creation. David begins saying that the LORD is clothed in honour and majesty. He is covered in light and stretches out the heavens with his curtain. (It’s interesting that speaking about the universe he has the idea of an expanding curtain) Then David describes the greatness of Gods biggest works. He makes the storm clouds his vehicles and he walks on the wings of the winds. He makes his angels spirits and his servants like a flame of fire. He laid the foundations of the earth so that it should not be removed forever. Then David speaks of the deep waters. He says the waters covered the high mountains (As in day one of creation) and at the rebuke of the Lord the dry land appeared. And the Lord set a boundary to their extent - the shore line. Then David describes the way in which the springs run into streams. They give water to all the animals. Without streams no animals could live. The birds drink from streams and all plants are watered. The grass grows feeding cattle and giving food for man. It brings grapes and oil for mans use and bread to strengthen him. The trees grow and the birds nest and the goats feed and the rabbits mill about, all because of the streams. And the Lord causes the moon to give seasons and the earth spins in space. David says the Lord makes day and night. The lions roar and seek meat from God. In the morning the lions gather and lie down in their dens. Man works everyday and works till evening. How wise the Lord is, in all he does. David says the great oceans have both great and very small creatures. They all wait on the Lord to feed them and they are fed from the very hand of God. The Lord hides his face and they are in big trouble. He takes away their breath and they will die very quickly and return to dust. You send your spirit and they live. David says, the glory of the Lord will endure forever and he will rejoice in all his works. But he only has to look at the earth and the earth trembles and if he touches the hills they smoke. David brings his beautiful song to an end saying I will sing to the LORD as long as I live. My thoughts of him are sweet to me and they fill me with joy. David says let sinners be destroyed from off the earth so that they are no more on the earth. Then he finishes saying Bless the LORD O my soul. Praise the LORD.

  • How does the Psalmist describe the blessing of the Lord?
  • How does he describe Gods blessings under the Messianic kingdom?
  • Howe does the Psalmist describe Gods deeds in creation and providence?

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