Psalms 103:18

18 of those who are faithful to his covenant, of those who obey his commandments!

Psalms 103:18 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 103:18

To such as keep his covenant
The covenant of grace, which is peculiarly the Lord's covenant, as distinct from man's; and which he keeps himself, and is ever mindful of it. This he makes known to his people at conversion; his secret is with them, and he shows them his covenant; the blessings and promises of it; their interest in them, and in himself, as their covenant God: which they "observe" F3, as the word here used signifies; and observing it, they lay hold upon it by faith, as belonging to them; and laying hold upon it, they "keep" it as their own, and keep it fast, and will not part with their interest in it for all the world.

And to those that remember his commandments to do them;
some read them and hear them, but forget them, at least to do them: these are like a man that beholds his face in a glass, and forgets what manner of man he is; so James compares one that is a forgetful hearer, and not a doer of the word, ( James 1:23 James 1:24 ) . The commandments of God are best remembered, so as to be done, when he puts his laws into the minds of men, and writes them in their hearts, and puts his Spirit within them, to cause them to walk in his statutes, and do them, ( Jeremiah 31:34 ) ( Ezekiel 36:27 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F3 (yrmvl) "observantes", Junius & Tremellius; so Piscator, Gejerus.

Psalms 103:18 In-Context

16 The wind blows, and we are gone— as though we had never been here.
17 But the love of the LORD remains forever with those who fear him. His salvation extends to the children’s children
18 of those who are faithful to his covenant, of those who obey his commandments!
19 The LORD has made the heavens his throne; from there he rules over everything.
20 Praise the LORD, you angels, you mighty ones who carry out his plans, listening for each of his commands.