Psalms 103:1-8

Of David.

1 Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
6 The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.
7 He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel:
8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.

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Psalms 103:1-8 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 103

\\<>\\. The Targum adds, ``spoken in prophecy,'' as doubtless it was, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Some think it was written by David, after a fit of illness, and his recovery from it, since he speaks of his diseases being healed, and his youth renewed; for which reason the Syriac interpreter suggests it was written in his old age; for he makes the subject of the psalm to be, ``concerning coldness which prevailed upon him in old age;'' but rather he wrote it when his heart was warm with a sense of the love of God, and spiritual blessings of grace flowing from thence; and in it celebrates and sings the benefits of New Testament times; and it is a psalm suitable to be sung by every believer, under a quick sense of divine favours: wherefore the above interpreter better adds, ``also an instruction and thanksgiving by men of God;'' whom the psalmist may very well be thought to personate, even in Gospel times; and much rather than the Jews in captivity, as Kimchi thinks.

Psalms 103:1-8 In-Context

1 Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
6 The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.
7 He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel:
8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.
9 He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

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Cross References 18

  • 1. Psalms 28:6
  • 2. Psalms 104:1
  • 3. S Psalms 30:4
  • 4. Psalms 106:1; Psalms 117:1
  • 5. S Deuteronomy 6:12; Psalms 77:11
  • 6. S Exodus 34:7; Psalms 130:8
  • 7. S Exodus 15:26; Colossians 3:13; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 John 1:9
  • 8. Psalms 34:22; Psalms 56:13; Isaiah 43:1
  • 9. S Psalms 8:5; Psalms 23:6
  • 10. S Psalms 90:14; S Psalms 104:28
  • 11. Job 33:25; Psalms 119:25,93; 2 Corinthians 4:16
  • 12. S Exodus 19:4; Isaiah 40:31
  • 13. Psalms 9:8; Psalms 65:5; Isaiah 9:7
  • 14. S Psalms 74:21; S Luke 4:19
  • 15. Psalms 99:7; Psalms 147:19
  • 16. S Exodus 33:13
  • 17. Psalms 106:22
  • 18. Exodus 34:6; S Exodus 22:27; S Psalms 86:15; Micah 7:18-19; James 5:11