Psalm 103:1
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New International Version
Of David. Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.

New Living Translation
A psalm of David. Let all that I am praise the LORD; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.

English Standard Version
Of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!

New American Standard Bible
A Psalm of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name.

King James Bible
A Psalm of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Davidic. My soul, praise Yahweh, and all that is within me, praise His holy name.

International Standard Version
Bless the LORD, my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

NET Bible
By David. Praise the LORD, O my soul! With all that is within me, praise his holy name!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Bless Lord Jehovah, my soul, and all my bones, bless his holy name!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[By David.] Praise the LORD, my soul! Praise his holy name, all that is within me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless the name of his holiness.

King James 2000 Bible
Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

American King James Version
Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

American Standard Version
Bless Jehovah, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless his holy name.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For David himself. Bless the Lord, O my soul: and let all that is within me bless his holy name.

Darby Bible Translation
{[A Psalm] of David.} Bless Jehovah, O my soul; and all that is within me, [bless] his holy name!

English Revised Version
A Psalm of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

Webster's Bible Translation
A Psalm of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

World English Bible
Praise Yahweh, my soul! All that is within me, praise his holy name!

Young's Literal Translation
By David. Bless, O my soul, Jehovah, And all my inward parts -- His Holy Name.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

103:1-5 By the pardon of sin, that is taken away which kept good things from us, and we are restored to the favor of God, who bestows good things on us. Think of the provocation; it was sin, and yet pardoned: how many the provocations, yet all pardoned! God is still forgiving, as we are still sinning and repenting. The body finds the melancholy consequences of Adam's offence, it is subject to many infirmities, and the soul also. Christ alone forgives all our sins; it is he alone who heals all our infirmities. And the person who finds his sin cured, has a well-grounded assurance that it is forgiven. When God, by the graces and comforts of his Spirit, recovers his people from their decays, and fills them with new life and joy, which is to them an earnest of eternal life and joy, they may then be said to return to the days of their youth, Job 33:25.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 1. - Bless the Lord, O my soul. Repeated in ver. 2; also at the end of the psalm; and again in Psalm 104:1, 35. To "bless" is more than to praise; it is to praise with affection and gratitude. The psalmist calls upon his own soul, and so on each individual soul, to begin the song of praise, which is to terminate in a general chorus of blessing from all creation (vers. 20-22). And all that is within me. "All my whole nature - intellect, emotion, feeling, sentiment - brain, heart, lungs, tongue," etc. Bless his holy Name; i.e. his manifested Personality, which is almost the same thing as himself.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Bless the Lord, O my soul,.... His better part, his soul, which comes immediately from God, and returns to him, which is immaterial and immortal, and of more worth than the world: God is to be served with the best we have; as with the best of our substance, so with the best of our persons; and it is the heart, or soul, which he requires to be given him; and such service as is performed with the soul or spirit is most agreeable to him; he being a Spirit, and therefore must be worshipped in spirit and in truth: unless the spirit or soul of a man, is engaged in the service of God, it is of little avail; for bodily exercise profiteth not; preaching, hearing, praying, and praising, should be both with the spirit, and with the understanding: here the psalmist calls upon his soul to "bless" the Lord; not by invoking or conferring a blessing on him, which as it is impossible to be done, so he stands in no need of it, being God, all sufficient, and blessed for evermore; but by proclaiming and congratulating his blessedness, and by giving him thanks for all mercies, spiritual and temporal:

and all that is within me, bless his holy name; meaning not only all within his body, his heart, reins, lungs, &c. but all within his soul, all the powers and faculties of it; his understanding, will, affections, and judgment; and all the grace that was wrought in him, faith, hope, love, joy, and the like; these he would have all concerned and employed in praising the name of the Lord; which is exalted above all blessing and praise; is great and glorious in all the earth, by reason of his works wrought, and blessings of goodness bestowed; and which appears to be holy in them all, as it does in the works of creation, providence, and redemption; at the remembrance of which holiness thanks should be given; for he that is glorious in holiness is fearful in praises, Psalm 97:12.

The Treasury of David

1 Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.

Psalm 103:1

"Bless the Lord, O my soul." Soul music is the very soul of music. The Psalmist strikes the best key-note when he begins with stirring up his inmost self to magnify the Lord. He soliloquizes, holds self-communion and exhorts himself, as though he felt that dulness would all too soon steal over his faculties, as, indeed, it will over us all, unless we are diligently on the watch. Jehovah is worthy to be praised by us in that highest style of adoration which is intended by the term bless - "All thy works praise thee, O God, but thy saints shall bless thee." Our very life and essential self should be engrossed with this delightful service, and each one of us should arouse his own heart to the engagement. Let others forbear if they can: "Bless the Lord, O my soul." Let others murmur, but do thou bless. Let others bless themselves and their idols, but do thou bless the Lord. Let others use only their tongues, but as for me I will cry, "Bless the Lord, O my soul." "And all that is within me, bless his holy name." Many are our faculties, emotions, and capacities, but God has given them all to us, and they ought all to join in chorus to his praise. Half-hearted, ill-conceived, unintelligent praises are not such as we should render to our loving Lord. If the law of justice demanded all our heart and soul and mind for the Creator, much more may the law of gratitude put in a comprehensive claim for the homage of our whole being to the God of grace. It is instructive to note how the Psalmist dwells upon the holy name of God, as if his holiness were dearest to him; or, perhaps, because the holiness or wholeness of God was to his mind the grandest motive for rendering to him the homage of his nature in its wholeness. Babes may praise the divine goodness, but fathers in grace magnify his holiness. By the name we understand the revealed character of God, and assuredly those songs which are suggested, not by our fallible reasoning and imperfect observation, but by unerring inspiration, should more than any others arouse all our consecrated powers.

Psalm 103:2

"Bless the Lord, O my soul." He is in real earnest, and again calls upon himself to arise. Had he been very sleepy before? Or was he now doubly sensible of the importance, the imperative necessity of adoration? Certainly, he uses no vain repetitions, for the Holy Spirit guides his pen; and thus he shews us that we have need, again and again, to bestir ourselves when we are about to worship God, for it would be shameful to offer him anything less than the utmost our souls can render. These first verses are a tuning of the harp, a screwing up of the loosened strings that not a note may fail in the sacred harmony. "And forget not all his benefits." Not so much as one of the divine dealings should be forgotten, they are all really beneficial to us, all worthy of himself, and all subjects for praise. Memory is very treacherous about the best things; by a strange perversity, engendered by the fall, it treasures up the refuse of the past and permits priceless treasures to lie neglected, it is tenacious of grievances and holds benefits all too loosely. It needs spurring to its duty, though that duty ought to be its delight. Observe that he calls all that is within him to remember all the Lord's benefits. For our task our energies should be suitably called out. God's all cannot be praised with less than our all.

Reader, have we not cause enough at this time to bless him who blesses us? Come, let us read our diaries and see if there be not choice favours recorded there for which we have rendered no grateful return. Remember how the Persian king, when he could not sleep, read the chronicles of the empire, and discovered that one who had saved his life had never been rewarded. How quickly did he do him honour! The Lord has saved us with a great salvation, shall we render no recompense? The name of ingrate is one of the most shameful that a man can wear; surely we cannot be content to run the risk of such a brand. Let us awake then, and with intense enthusiasm bless Jehovah.

Psalm 103:3

"Who forgiveth all thine iniquities." Here David begins his list of blessings received, which he rehearses as themes and arguments for praise. He selects a few of the choicest pearls from the casket of divine love, threads them on the string of memory, and hangs them about the neck of gratitude. Pardoned sin is, in our experience, one of the choicest boons of grace, one of the earliest gifts of mercy, - in fact, the needful preparation for enjoying all that follows it. Till iniquity is forgiven, healing, redemption, and satisfaction are unknown blessings. Forgiveness is first in the order of our spiritual experience, and in some respects first in value. The pardon granted is a present one - forgiveth; it is continual, for he still forgiveth; it is divine, for God gives it; it is far reaching, for it removes all our sins; it takes in omissions as well as commissions, for both of these are in-equities; and it is most effectual, for it is as real as the healing, and the rest of the mercies with which it is placed. "Who healeth all thy diseases." When the cause is gone, namely, iniquity, the effect ceases. Sicknesses of body and soul came into the world by sin, and as sin is eradicated, diseases bodily, mental, and spiritual will vanish, till "the inhabitant shall no more say, I am sick." Many-sided is the character of our heavenly Father, for, having forgiven as a judge, he then cures as a physician. He is all things to us, as our needs call for him, and our infirmities do but reveal him in new characters.

"In him is only good,

In me is only ill,

continued...

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

PSALM 103

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.

my soul—myself (Ps 3:3; 25:1), with allusion to the act, as one of intelligence.

all … within me—(De 6:5).

his holy name—(Ps 5:11), His complete moral perfections.

Psalm 103:1 Additional Commentaries
Context
All within me, Praise His Holy Name!
1A Psalm of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name. 2Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits;…
Cross References
2 Samuel 12:20
Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the LORD and worshiped. Then he went to his own house, and at his request they served him food, and he ate.

Psalm 33:21
In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.

Psalm 104:1
Praise the LORD, my soul. LORD my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty.

Psalm 104:35
But may sinners vanish from the earth and the wicked be no more. Praise the LORD, my soul. Praise the LORD.

Psalm 105:3
Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.

Psalm 145:21
My mouth will speak in praise of the LORD. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.

Psalm 146:1
Praise the LORD. Praise the LORD, my soul.

Ezekiel 36:21
I had concern for my holy name, which the people of Israel profaned among the nations where they had gone.

Ezekiel 39:7
"'I will make known my holy name among my people Israel. I will no longer let my holy name be profaned, and the nations will know that I the LORD am the Holy One in Israel.

Daniel 2:20
and said: "Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his.
Treasury of Scripture

Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

a.m.

Psalm 103:22 Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless …

Psalm 104:1 Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, you are very great; you …

Psalm 146:1,2 Praise you the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul…

Luke 1:46,47 And Mary said, My soul does magnify the Lord…

all that

Psalm 47:7 For God is the King of all the earth: sing you praises with understanding.

Psalm 57:7-11 My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise…

Psalm 63:5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth …

Psalm 86:12,13 I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify …

Psalm 111:1 Praise you the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, …

Psalm 138:1 I will praise you with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing …

Mark 12:30-33 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with …

John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit …

1 Corinthians 14:15 What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with …

Philippians 1:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge …

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching …

holy name

Psalm 99:3 Let them praise your great and terrible name; for it is holy.

Isaiah 6:3 And one cried to another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD …

Revelation 4:8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they …

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