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Ps 103:1-22. A Psalm of joyous praise, in which the writer rises from a thankful acknowledgment of personal blessings to a lively celebration of God's gracious attributes, as not only intrinsically worthy of praise, but as specially suited to man's frailty. He concludes by invoking all creatures to unite in his song.
1. Bless, &c.--when God is the object, praise.
2. forget not all--not any, none of His benefits.
3. diseases--as penal inflictions (De 29:22; 2Ch 21:19).
6. Literally, "righteousness and judgments," denoting various acts of God's government.
12. removed . . . from us--so as no longer to affect our relations to Him.
13. pitieth--literally, "has compassion on."
17, 18. For similar contrast compare Ps 90:2-6; 102:27, 28.
20-22. do his commandments . . . word--or, literally, "so as to hearken," &c., that is, their acts of obedience are prompt, so that they are ever ready to hear, and know, and follow implicitly His declared will (compare De 26:17; Lu 1:19).
22. all his works--creatures of every sort, everywhere.