Psalms 103
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1  [A Psalm] of David. Bless Hashem, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name.

א  לְדָוִד בָּרְכִי נַפְשִׁי אֶת יְהוָה וְכָל קְרָבַי אֶת שֵׁם קָדְשׁוֹ.

2  Bless Hashem, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits;

ב  בָּרְכִי נַפְשִׁי אֶת יְהוָה וְאַל תִּשְׁכְּחִי כָּל גְּמוּלָיו.

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

ג  הַסֹּלֵחַ לְכָל עֲו‍ֹנֵכִי הָרֹפֵא לְכָל תַּחֲלוּאָיְכִי.

4  Who redeemeth thy life from the pit; who encompasseth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

ד  הַגּוֹאֵל מִשַּׁחַת חַיָּיְכִי הַמְעַטְּרֵכִי חֶסֶד וְרַחֲמִים.

5  Who satisfieth thine old age with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle.

ה  הַמַּשְׂבִּיעַ בַּטּוֹב עֶדְיֵךְ תִּתְחַדֵּשׁ כַּנֶּשֶׁר נְעוּרָיְכִי.

6  Hashem executeth righteousness, and acts of justice for all that are oppressed.

ו  עֹשֵׂה צְדָקוֹת יְהוָה וּמִשְׁפָּטִים לְכָל עֲשׁוּקִים.

7  He made known His ways unto Moshe, His doings unto the children of Yisrael.

ז  יוֹדִיעַ דְּרָכָיו לְמֹשֶׁה לִבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל עֲלִילוֹתָיו.

8  Hashem is full of compassion and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

ח  רַחוּם וְחַנּוּן יְהוָה אֶרֶךְ אַפַּיִם וְרַב חָסֶד.

9  He will not always contend; neither will He keep His anger for ever.

ט  לֹא לָנֶצַח יָרִיב וְלֹא לְעוֹלָם יִטּוֹר.

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

י  לֹא כַחֲטָאֵינוּ עָשָׂה לָנוּ וְלֹא כַעֲו‍ֹנֹתֵינוּ גָּמַל עָלֵינוּ.

11  For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward them that fear Him.

יא  כִּי כִגְבֹהַּ שָׁמַיִם עַל הָאָרֶץ גָּבַר חַסְדּוֹ עַל יְרֵאָיו.

12  As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us.

יב  כִּרְחֹק מִזְרָח מִמַּעֲרָב הִרְחִיק מִמֶּנּוּ אֶת פְּשָׁעֵינוּ.

13  Like as a father hath compassion upon his children, so hath Hashem compassion upon them that fear Him.

יג  כְּרַחֵם אָב עַל בָּנִים רִחַם יְהוָה עַל יְרֵאָיו.

14  For He knoweth our frame; He remembereth that we are dust.

יד  כִּי הוּא יָדַע יִצְרֵנוּ זָכוּר כִּי עָפָר אֲנָחְנוּ.

15  As for man, his days are as grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.

טו  אֱנוֹשׁ כֶּחָצִיר יָמָיו כְּצִיץ הַשָּׂדֶה כֵּן יָצִיץ.

16  For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof knoweth it no more.

טז  כִּי רוּחַ עָבְרָה בּוֹ וְאֵינֶנּוּ וְלֹא יַכִּירֶנּוּ עוֹד מְקוֹמוֹ.

17  But the mercy of Hashem is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear Him, and His righteousness unto children’s children;

יז  וְחֶסֶד יְהוָה מֵעוֹלָם וְעַד עוֹלָם עַל יְרֵאָיו וְצִדְקָתוֹ לִבְנֵי בָנִים.

18  To such as keep His covenant, and to those that remember His precepts to do them.

יח  לְשֹׁמְרֵי בְרִיתוֹ וּלְזֹכְרֵי פִקֻּדָיו לַעֲשׂוֹתָם.

19  Hashem hath established His throne in the heavens; and His kingdom ruleth over all.

יט  יְהוָה בַּשָּׁמַיִם הֵכִין כִּסְאוֹ וּמַלְכוּתוֹ בַּכֹּל מָשָׁלָה.

20  Bless Hashem, ye angels of His, ye mighty in strength, that fulfil His word, hearkening unto the voice of His word.

כ  בָּרְכוּ יְהוָה מַלְאָכָיו גִּבֹּרֵי כֹחַ עֹשֵׂי דְבָרוֹ לִשְׁמֹעַ בְּקוֹל דְּבָרוֹ.

21  Bless Hashem, all ye His hosts; ye ministers of His, that do His pleasure.

כא  בָּרְכוּ יְהוָה כָּל צְבָאָיו מְשָׁרְתָיו עֹשֵׂי רְצוֹנוֹ.

22  Bless Hashem, all ye His works, in all places of His dominion; 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  בָּרְכוּ יְהוָה כָּל מַעֲשָׂיו בְּכָל מְקֹמוֹת מֶמְשַׁלְתּוֹ בָּרְכִי נַפְשִׁי אֶת יְהוָה.

103:22   Bless the Lord

Amos Hakham notes that Psalm 103 is a complete praise of God, without any plea or supplication. While it speaks about the Lord, it does not directly address Him. The psalmist speaks of God the healer, redeemer, forgiver and sustainer. Man is a fleeting organism, withering like the flower of the field, but the Lord’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,’ which means bless. The psalm begins with a double blessing of David’s soul to God, and concludes with the blessings of his soul, thus conveying an intimacy with his creator.


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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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