In the name of God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.

David as the writer of this Psalms points out the glorious acts the Lord has given humankind. His list of reasons to praise God reveals God's: forgiveness, healing, redemption, loving-kindness, tender mercies, providence, righteousness, justice, grace and patience.

When the word bless is used in reference to the Lord it means to praise and adore Him. It also means that God is the source of all blessings. For example "Praise God, from whom all blessings flow." Soul as used in the first verse means the entire living being.

Thus the end of verse one reveals that man's entirety, his whole soul, his being should bless the Lord. However, verse two notes the reason for such praises to the Lord. Therefore we should praise the Lord because of the benefits received. "Forget not," means not that things have slipped our memory. It means in this passage that when we fail to thank God it is as bad as forgetting it altogether.

103:3. "Who forgiveth all thine iniquities: who healeth all thy diseases:"

Who is the most important word in this passage? Other passages of scripture teach that forgiveness for sin is offered on certain conditions. Also many passages of scripture note that disease is healed only when the Lord's will calls for it. Meanwhile David in this Psalms calls our attention to God. Thus when the favors and blessing of God are bestowed upon man, the Lord should receive all the credit and praise for it.

Related Scripture:

Exodus 34:7. The Ten Commandments written again

"Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation."

Sin stands in the way of you and God. Thus in order to reach God and His blessings you must remove sin. In this passage from the Book of Exodus we see God again placing the Ten Commandants with Moses. In the preceding chapter (33:18) Moses asked God to show me thy glory. God responds. "What Is God's Glory?"

God did not give Moses a vision of his power and majesty. However, God revealed his glory in Love. Thus, His mercy, grace, longsuffering, goodness, truth, forgiveness and justice.

As we take a closer look at sin passed down from generation to generation, we see the following. Children still suffer for the sins of their parents. Child abuse, alcoholism is often passed down. Also, the sins of greed and selfishness can be passed on. It is also noted that sin is not limited to individual family members. Finally we note that God forgives when man complies with the terms of forgiveness.

Jeremiah 30:17. Restoration will follow punishment.

"For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds saith the Lord; because they called thee an outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after."

Verses 12, 13 and 17 use certain medical language that notes the terminal nature of sin. What also is revealed is that there was no human power to cure or heal the nation from their sins. Meanwhile Judah protested its punishment, but punishment is an opportunity for growth.

The disease of idol worship was so deep-seated that the nation needed to have its national dignity wounded by the captivity in a foreign land. The Lord promised to heal the wounds which would be accomplished by a release from captivity and a return to their home land.

30:7. "He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel"

The law was first given to Moses and the people of Israel. The Law of God presents a clear picture of God's nature and will.

30:12. "As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgression for us."

When God forgives he also forgets. When we forgive, we must do the same. East and West can never meet. This is a symbolic portrait of God's forgiveness.


We must always focus on the compassion and loving concern God has for us. Thus, we should not dwell on God as the Judge and Law giver. When God evaluates and examines our lives he takes all things into consideration. However, our weaknesses should never be used to justify sin.

Cont. Part 17: The Word of God


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