Psalms 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 ( Psalms 3:3 , 25:1 ), with allusion to the act, as one of intelligence.
all . . . within me--( Deuteronomy 6:5 ).
his holy name--( Psalms 5:11 ), His complete moral perfections.
2. forget not all--not any, none of His benefits.
6. Literally, "righteousness and judgments," denoting various acts of God's government.
12. removed . . . from us--so as no longer to affect our relations to Him.
13. pitieth--literally, "has compassion on."
20-22. do his commandments . . . word--or, literally, "so as to hearken," &c., that is, their acts of obedience are prompt, so that they are ever ready to hear, and know, and follow implicitly His declared will (compare Deuteronomy 26:17 , Luke 1:19 ).
21. ye his hosts--myriads, or armies, as corresponding to angels of great power ( Psalms 103:20 ), denoting multitudes also.
22. all his works--creatures of every sort, everywhere.