Psalm 103 – “Meditative Instruction; Sermon”

Hebrew-English Text
I. Summary
The psalmist encourages himself to bless God and reminds his audience that God’s forgiveness is everlasting.

II. Photo
The psalmist teaches a lesson: “As a father has compassion for his children, so the Lord has compassion for those who fear Him.” (v. 13)

III. Select Verses    
2:  Bless the LORD, O my soul and do not forget all His bounties.
3: He forgives all your sins, heals all your diseases.
6: He forgives all your sins, heals all your diseases.
7: He made known His ways to Moses, His deeds to the children of Israel.
8-13: The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love. He will not contend forever, or nurse His anger for all time. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor has He requited us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His steadfast love toward those who fear Him. As east is far from west, so far has He removed our sins from us. As a father has compassion for his children, so the LORD has compassion for those who fear Him.
15:  Man, his days are like those of grass; he blooms like a flower of the field;

IV. Outline

1a. Superscription
1b-5. Meditative instruction
    1b-2. Summons to praise
    3-5. Rationale
6-18. Sermon
    6-8. Hymnic description
    9-14. God shows mercy
    15-16. Man’s days are limited
    17-18. God’s mercy is eternal
    19. Hymnic praise
    20-22. Summons to praise

V. Comment
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VI. Works Used
(see “Commentaries” page)
Gerstenberger, Erhard. Psalms Part 2 and Lamentations (Forms of Old Testament Literature; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2001).
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