Psalms 103:18

18 with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.

Psalms 103:18 in Other Translations

KJV
18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
ESV
18 to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments.
NLT
18 of those who are faithful to his covenant, of those who obey his commandments!
MSG
18 as they follow his Covenant ways and remember to do whatever he said.
CSB
18 of those who keep His covenant, who remember to observe His instructions.

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 over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.
17 But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children—
18 with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.
19 The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.
20 Praise the LORD, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word.

Cross References 3

  • 1. S Deuteronomy 29:9
  • 2. Psalms 119:52
  • 3. S Numbers 15:40; John 14:15; Deuteronomy 7:9