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Psalm 103

Thanksgiving for God’s Goodness

Of David.


Bless the Lord, O my soul,

and all that is within me,

bless his holy name.


Bless the Lord, O my soul,

and do not forget all his benefits—


who forgives all your iniquity,

who heals all your diseases,


who redeems your life from the Pit,

who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,


who satisfies you with good as long as you live

so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.


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Ps 103:1-22. A Psalm of joyous praise, in which the writer rises from a thankful acknowledgment of personal blessings to a lively celebration of God's gracious attributes, as not only intrinsically worthy of praise, but as specially suited to man's frailty. He concludes by invoking all creatures to unite in his song.

1. Bless, &c.—when God is the object, praise.

my soul—myself (Ps 3:3; 25:1), with allusion to the act, as one of intelligence.

all … within me—(De 6:5).

his holy name—(Ps 5:11), His complete moral perfections.

2. forget not all—not any, none of His benefits.

3. diseases—as penal inflictions (De 29:22; 2Ch 21:19).

4. redeemeth—Cost is implied.

destruction—literally, "pit of corruption" (Ps 16:10).

crowneth—or, "adorneth" (Ps 65:11).

tender mercies—compassions (compare Ps 25:6; 40:11).

5. By God's provision, the saint retains a youthful vigor like the eagles (Ps 92:14; compare Isa 40:31).