Psalms 103
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1  Of David. Bless Hashem, O my soul, all my being, His holy name.

א  לְדָוִד בָּרֲכִי נַפְשִׁי אֶת־יְהוָה וְכָל־קְרָבַי אֶת־שֵׁם קָדְשׁוֹ׃

2  Bless Hashem, O my soul and do not forget all His bounties.

ב  בָּרֲכִי נַפְשִׁי אֶת־יְהוָה וְאַל־תִּשְׁכְּחִי כָּל־גְּמוּלָיו׃

3  He forgives all your sins, heals all your diseases.

ג  הַסֹּלֵחַ לְכָל־עֲוֺנֵכִי הָרֹפֵא לְכָל־תַּחֲלֻאָיְכִי׃

4  He redeems your life from the Pit, surrounds you with steadfast love and mercy.

ד  הַגּוֹאֵל מִשַּׁחַת חַיָּיְכִי הַמְעַטְּרֵכִי חֶסֶד וְרַחֲמִים׃

5  He satisfies you with good things in the prime of life, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

ה  הַמַּשְׂבִּיַע בַּטּוֹב עֶדְיֵךְ תִּתְחַדֵּשׁ כַּנֶּשֶׁר נְעוּרָיְכִי׃

6  Hashem executes righteous acts and judgments for all who are wronged.

ו  עֹשֵׂה צְדָקוֹת יְהוָה וּמִשְׁפָּטִים לְכָל־עֲשׁוּקִים׃

7  He made known His ways to Moshe, His deeds to the children of Yisrael.

ז  יוֹדִיעַ דְּרָכָיו לְמֹשֶׁה לִבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל עֲלִילוֹתָיו׃

8  Hashem is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love.

ח  רַחוּם וְחַנּוּן יְהוָה אֶרֶךְ אַפַּיִם וְרַב־חָסֶד׃

9  He will not contend forever, or nurse His anger for all time.

ט  לֹא־לָנֶצַח יָרִיב וְלֹא לְעוֹלָם יִטּוֹר׃

10  He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor has He requited us according to our iniquities.

י  לֹא כַחֲטָאֵינוּ עָשָׂה לָנוּ וְלֹא כַעֲוֺנֹתֵינוּ גָּמַל עָלֵינוּ׃

11  For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His steadfast love toward those who fear Him.

יא  כִּי כִגְבֹהַּ שָׁמַיִם עַל־הָאָרֶץ גָּבַר חַסְדּוֹ עַל־יְרֵאָיו׃

12  As east is far from west, so far has He removed our sins from us.

יב  כִּרְחֹק מִזְרָח מִמַּעֲרָב הִרְחִיק מִמֶּנּוּ אֶת־פְּשָׁעֵינוּ׃

13  As a father has compassion for his children, so Hashem has compassion for those who fear Him.

יג  כְּרַחֵם אָב עַל־בָּנִים רִחַם יְהוָה עַל־יְרֵאָיו׃

14  For He knows how we are formed; He is mindful that we are dust.

יד  כִּי־הוּא יָדַע יִצְרֵנוּ זָכוּר כִּי־עָפָר אֲנָחְנוּ׃

15  Man, his days are like those of grass; he blooms like a flower of the field;

טו  אֱנוֹשׁ כֶּחָצִיר יָמָיו כְּצִיץ הַשָּׂדֶה כֵּן יָצִיץ׃

16  a wind passes by and it is no more, its own place no longer knows it.

טז  כִּי רוּחַ עָבְרָה־בּוֹ וְאֵינֶנּוּ וְלֹא־יַכִּירֶנּוּ עוֹד מְקוֹמוֹ׃

17  But Hashem’s steadfast love is for all eternity toward those who fear Him, and His beneficence is for the children’s children

יז  וְחֶסֶד יְהוָה מֵעוֹלָם וְעַד־עוֹלָם עַל־יְרֵאָיו וְצִדְקָתוֹ לִבְנֵי בָנִים׃

18  of those who keep His covenant and remember to observe His precepts.

יח  לְשֹׁמְרֵי בְרִיתוֹ וּלְזֹכְרֵי פִקֻּדָיו לַעֲשׂוֹתָם׃

19  Hashem has established His throne in heaven, and His sovereign rule is over all.

יט  יְהוָה בַּשָּׁמַיִם הֵכִין כִּסְאוֹ וּמַלְכוּתוֹ בַּכֹּל מָשָׁלָה׃

20  Bless Hashem, O His angels, mighty creatures who do His bidding, mever obedient to His bidding;

כ  בָּרֲכוּ יְהוָה מַלְאָכָיו גִּבֹּרֵי כֹחַ עֹשֵׂי דְבָרוֹ לִשְׁמֹעַ בְּקוֹל דְּבָרוֹ׃

21  bless Hashem, all His hosts, His servants who do His will;

כא  בָּרֲכוּ יְהוָה כָּל־צְבָאָיו מְשָׁרְתָיו עֹשֵׂי רְצוֹנוֹ׃

22  bless Hashem, all His works, through the length and breadth of His realm; bless Hashem, O my soul.

ba-r’-KHU a-do-NAI kol ma-a-SAV b’-khol m’-ko-MOT mem-shal-TO ba-r’-KHEE naf-SHEE et a-do-NAI

כב  בָּרֲכוּ יְהוָה כָּל־מַעֲשָׂיו בְּכָל־מְקֹמוֹת מֶמְשַׁלְתּוֹ בָּרֲכִי נַפְשִׁי אֶת־יְהוָה׃

103:22   Bless Hashem

Israeli scholar Amos Hakham notes that Psalm 103 consists purely of praises of God, without any plea or supplication. While it speaks about Hashem, it does not address Him directly. The psalmist speaks of God as the healer, redeemer, forgiver and sustainer. Man is a fleeting organism, withering like the flower of the field, but Hashem’s loving kindness is eternal. All these attributes of God induce a feeling of closeness with Him, expressed in one Hebrew word which repeats four times at the end of the psalm: Baruch (ברוך), meaning ‘bless.’ The psalm begins with a double blessing of David’s soul to God, and concludes with the blessings of his soul, thus conveying a sense of deep intimacy with his creator.Comment

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  • In this Psalm 103 we learn something special. This Psalm is all about the Praise of our Lord & Creator Father God. We are not asking anything of God in this psalm, we are giving praise and rejoice for the pure happiness of joy we receive in the gifts we receive from God such as his love, Healing's, His Redemption's. How God fills in the loneliness and emptiness of those parts of our souls that are so empty and cry out to him so desperately , God fills those places with His love and Grace only as God can.
    To thank God for his very , our very first breath that we breathed has sustained every human since Adam. Think of this God's breath into us gave us life and perhaps at that time our souls were transferred from the Gulf. So we should thank God for our firsts breath of life in that context also. Man is so temporary, because of our sin against God. However God's love is and will last without end for each and every one of his children. By loving God in return our closeness to him grows in leaps and bounds nd our trust and faith in same ratio to that love.

    At the end of this psalm we are told that the word ‘baruch,’ which means bless is used for times. Take into account it also begins with a double blessing of David’s soul to God. God wants this Father to Child relationship to every one of his children that except his invitation to except his Love and Will and follow his Laws. Father also understands that we as children are not perfect and as such will falter . Forgiveness when asked with a contrite heart will always be forgiven. For our Father is slow to Anger and only out of love for us will chastise to teach and save his children. Carl

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