And his righteousness unto children's children. Nor in Nature. Bless the Lord, O my soul. Gratitude to God for his abiding and abounding goodness to us, both as citizens of this world and as his children, should be a very leading and powerful factor in our soul, making our character beautiful with spiritual worth, and our life resonant with holy song. And in his holiness. God is to us as we are to him. 2. Then the very tenderest and strongest as well as the purest emotions of the human heart are stirred. III. The general frailty, the passing away, the gradual decaying of the vital powers, God knows and estimates. In the gospel God has revealed himself as the Divine Father, who waits to receive his wayward but penitent children. "Exceeding abundantly." Psalms 148:2). It may have been taken by themselves. It is so in these ways. God's ways with us are taken upon due consideration of our bodily frailty. Praise That Won't Forget - Psalm 103. GOD'S WAYS WITH US ARE TAKEN WITH FULL KNOWLEDGE OF THE CONNECTION BETWEEN OUR BODIES AND OUR RELIGION. He shows it to sinners, who also are chastened for a time (Exodus 34:6). "He knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust." When man proceeds to recognize and punish sins, he deals with sins, rather than with sinners; and metes out his punishments according to standard, with no consideration for the individual. 3. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. It is an emphatic calling upon his soul, that is, himself, never to forget the many favors which God was continually conferring upon him. God is "slow to anger." "He satisfieth thy mouth with good things." Feed my sheep … Feed my sheep." 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." DIVINE BESTOWMENTS. The voluntary Divine forgetfulness is a sublime conception. The Pulpit Commentary. We have one such in this text. He disposes all persons and things to his own glory. Psalm 103:1-3. There are north and south poles—fixed points. Neither will he keep his anger forever. also Psalms 111:4; Psalms 112:4; Psalms 145:8). 4. Clemency, with us, is left to the supreme authority behind the judge; and only comes in after the judge has given his judgment according to standard. It was treated as an outward sign and consequence of sin; both the sick person and those who tended him being treated as "unclean." Psalms 63:5 - My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness, And my mouth offers praises with joyful lips. For penalty in this life averted. But they may—they must—return in humility and in faith to the Father whom they have forsaken; and, once at home with him, they may rest in his loving favour and rejoice in his upholding Word. Now—. on Such is this renewed youth. Commentary on Psalm 103:19-22 (Read Psalm 103:19-22) He who made all, rules all, and both by a word of power. Infinite in disposition to help, and in resources for our relief. GOD NEED NOT OVER CHIDE. He dealt with it only as a means of securing soul healing. He pities us in our sufferings. "to the faithful"—to those who, notwithstanding many lapses and many shortcomings, are yet sincere in heart, and seek to do his will. THE MEASURE OF DIVINE DEALING IS WHAT IS POSSIBLE FOR THE RACE. do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. (Psalms 103:1, Psalms 103:2.) It may be put in this way—The Divine provisions are crowned with Divine bestowments. There is a fairly good sense in which the creature and the child may be said to have claims on God, to which, if he be God, he must respond. — when God is the object, praise. "Casting" behind the back implies resolute purpose. Instead of inflicting pain, poverty, misery, death—the wages of sin—God has, 4. That we receive in common with others. The lower animals seem to have no affection for their offspring; but: 1. It has helped myriads to praise God, and the secret of such help is that the psalmist was himself filled with the spirit of praise, and it is the blessed contagion of that spirit that helps us today as in the days of old. (Psalms 103:14.) Only when you can will God find it fitting to entrust you with the immortal and incorruptible body. THE LORD OF THE OPPRESSED ACTS UPON THE OPPRESSORS. He flourisheth; i.e. Man is like grass (Psalms 37:2; Psalms 90:5, Psalms 90:6; Psalms 102:11; Isaiah 40:6-8, etc.). The characteristics of youth belong to such. And we sin with knowledge. What a happy fact this reveals as to the psalmist and all who sincerely adopt his words! 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. Sin, the sickness of the soul; disease, the sickness of the body; and God is the Physician of both. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. We may he concerned about the piety of our neighbour; but the first thing to do is to address ourselves: "Bless the Lord, O my soul!". Its actual parts, powers, relations, are known to him. Death, till Christ came, kept its sting, and the grave its victory, but he took both away. Psalms 36:5, "Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens, and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds"). This is so vast, that not alone is our eyesight aided with all conceivable telescopic power far outstripped, but even our thought fails to grasp in its comprehension, or even in its imagination, the wide range either of the material or moral universe over which God reigns. Judaism never suggests the idea that character is cultured by the experience of sickness; and so even its priests and Levites offer no example of tending the sick poor. It bids us trust it utterly and forever.—S.C. That God will never over chide is our abounding consolation.—R.T. Except possibly for King Josiah (see 2 Kings 22:1-2 and 23:25), King David was the most godly king of ancient Israel. God makes all reasonable allowances. And so, the great preacher to whom I have referred points out, it may be with the spiritual guide—the minister of Christ, the teacher of others in holy things. He has not sat and looked on and done nothing. What we can do for ourselves that he leaves to us. 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