Gaebelein's Annotated Bible
A Psalm of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.Psalm 103
The Praise of Israel
1. The benefits of full salvation (Psalm 103:1-7)
2. Merciful and gracious (Psalm 103:8-18)
3. His throne and His kingdom (Psalm 103:19-22)
This is the well-beloved Psalm, because God’s people love it for its precious and beautiful expressions, telling out the full salvation of our Saviour Lord and the gracious compassion which He manifests towards His own. But we must not overlook the prophetic aspect, which but few believers have recognized. It is really the hymn of Praise which will be sung by redeemed and restored Israel. Theirs will be a whole-souled praise. Their iniquities are forgiven, their diseases are healed, their life is redeemed from the pit, they are crowned with lovingkindness and tender mercies. Their youth is renewed like the eagle’s (Isaiah 40:28-31), which will be fulfilled then. And then the riches of mercy towards His beloved people! His Throne and His kingdom are seen in the closing verses and everything blesses Him.