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Psalm 103 Feb. 27 By David.  1Praise Yahweh, my soul! All that is within me, praise His holy name! 2Praise Yahweh, my soul, and don’t forget all His benefits; 3who forgives all your sins; who heals all your diseases; 4who redeems your life from destruction; who crowns you with grace and tender mercies; 5who satisfies your desire with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 6Yahweh executes righteous acts, and justice for all who are oppressed. 7He made known His ways to Moses, His deeds to the children of Israel. 8Yahweh is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abundant in grace. 9He will not always accuse; neither will He stay angry forever. 10He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor repaid us for our iniquities. 11For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His grace toward those who fear Him. 12As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. 13Like a father has compassion on His children, so Yahweh has compassion on those who fear Him. 14For He knows how we are made, He remembers that we are dust. 15As for man, His days are like grass, as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. 16For the wind passes over it, and it is gone. Its place remembers it no more. 17But Yahweh’s grace is from everlasting to everlasting with those who fear Him, His righteousness to children’s children; 18to those who keep His covenant, to those who remember to obey His precepts. 19Yahweh has established His throne in the heavens, His kingdom rules over all. 20Praise Yahweh, you angels of His, who are mighty in strength, who fulfil His word, obeying the voice of His word. 21Praise Yahweh, all you armies of His, you servants of His, who do His will. 22Praise Yahweh, all you works of His, in all places of His dominion. Praise Yahweh, my soul!   


103:2 The Hebrew translated “benefits” is also translated “praise”. The things God gives us are therefore imperatives in themselves to praise Him. Giving thanks before meals is a wonderful habit to get into. As we receive His gifts, or more to the point, perceive the receipt of them, the heart breaks forth into a deep thankfulness. This is the true praise.
103:20,21 The emphasis is that all the Angels are obedient to God and do His will (Heb. 1:14). There aren’t two groups of Angels, some good and some sinful. God tolerates no sin in His presence in Heaven (Hab. 1:13). Sin brings death and yet the Angels cannot die, therefore they cannot sin; our hope is to be made like them in this sense after the resurrection at Christ’s return (Lk. 20:35,36). See 148:2.
103:22 Praise Yahweh, my soul- David sees himself as in league with the Angels, who likewise are all praising God (:20,21).