But there was one negative: “Don’t eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” What did Satan get Eve to focus on? A Christian man heard a message on the end times and decided to make all he could before the economy collapsed. That is unbiblical and damaging. This last verse is the same phrase Moses used in Psalm 90:2 of God’s eternality. God isn’t impressed with our worship if we are not obedient to His Word. Same thing--the horse that the priest blessed won. As I have studied worship in Scripture, I have concluded that there are two key elements that normally come together to spark worship in spirit and truth: An understanding of who God is; and, an understanding of who I am. John Piper Aug 31, 2009 10 Shares It is tough to praise God if you are busy passing judgment on other people. Articles Sermons Topics Books Podcasts Filter Resources By Ask Pastor John. Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it. She has such a sweet disposition!” But after a few years of living together, they come into my office saying, “He doesn’t care about anybody but himself!” “She is such a nag! Solid Joys. Satan found a strategy that worked and he’s been using it ever since! In his article “The Sufficiency of Scripture,” John MacArthur states be supported is by substituting MacArthur's commentary for the plain text. He was wholly unkept, with matted, shaggy hair and long, claw-like nails. This is called the superscription. Everest” of praise psalms. But there is the minor theme that we are desperately needy: sinful, sick, and short-lived. Over 200,000 residents had been taken captive, along with much spoil. PSALMS RESOURCES Commentaries, Sermons, Illustrations, Devotionals. A healthy person can be struck down by cancer without warning. He uses the trials that come upon us because of our sin and the sin of this fallen creation to get us to doubt the goodness of God. And so Aaron fashioned an image that the people worshipped; God saw what was going on; and Moses came down from Mt. It’s easy to fall into the same trap spiritually. Words in brackets, ( ), are not in the *Hebrew Bible. Psalms 103:11. (3) A good life now: “Who satisfies your years with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle” (v. 5). 3, 12). Psalm 8 is a hymn of praise. He doesn’t want us just to go through the motions, but to have hearts that overflow with love for Him. Psalm 42:6 Commentary - Remember God! David is focusing on the abundant goodness of God: “forget none of His benefits” (v. 2). Sinai and smashed the tablets on which God has written the Torah (Exodus 32). Worship must have content. Look at the Book. After all, God created us and understands our fragile human nature. How does the teaching that “we need to see ourselves as worthy people” undercut basic biblical truth? So on the sixth race he waited until the priest did his thing. There are psalms that are messianic in thrust, i.e., they point to the coming Messiah. He is deliberately remembering God’s blessings. An EasyEnglish Translation with Notes (about 1200 word vocabulary) on Psalm 107. www.easyenglish.bible. At the time of his death, Hughes was worth two and one-half billion dollars. God gives us many material blessings. Neither David nor anyone else in the Bible experienced that. 12mo. J Gresham Machen. Remember, grace is not for worthy people; it’s for the unworthy. Commentary on Psalm 119:1-8 (Read Psalm 119:1-8) This psalm may be considered as the statement of a believer's experience. God passed by him and God proclaimed: “The LORD, the LORD, merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness” (Exodus 34:6). Or would they conclude that the last rites must already have been pronounced upon you? Commentary on Psalm 103:19-22 (Read Psalm 103:19-22) He who made all, rules all, and both by a word of power. Aren’t you glad for that! There are two systems for numbering the verses in the Psalms. This psalm represents a soliloquy in which David surveys God’s goodness and encourages the angels and the works of God’s creation to join him in divine praise (MacArthur, J. J. “Fear” comes from the Hebrew root yara’, and “fear” is perfectly good translation of the word. Study the bible online using commentary on Psalms 103 and more! David just focuses on the Lord and His great blessings and overflows in worship. 1 John 1:5 reminds me that God is my source of truth. Mailing Address. He watched the first race without betting. The words “Bless the LORD” are repeated six times in the psalm, at its opening and closing (verses 1,2, and 20, 21, 22), thus forming an “envelope” structure for the psalm’s Narrative in verses 3-19. This translation approach gives more attention to the meaning of the original languages rather than their form. Pastor Mike Schreib (2016-10-23) Bible Baptist Church International, CA http://www.bbcinternational.org 7 July 2019. (3) God is compassionate (vv. 13:15), which flows from His abundant goodness to us. For that reason, you cannot properly worship until you understand something of who God is and what He has done. Verses 1 and 2 of Psalm 103 constitute the Introduction to the Individual Hymn of Thanksgiving. Forget not all his benefits — In order to our duty, praising God for his mercies, it is necessary we should have a grateful remembrance of them. In the book of Exodus, we read that God has summoned Moses up to Mt. {Mrs. Psalm 117, with two verses, is the only shorter psalm. As Kidner again puts it (in “Tabletalk,” 9/91, p. 29), “There is room for anger in [God’s love] (vv. Copyright 1993, Steven J. Cole, All Rights Reserved. Are you a person marked by heartfelt worship, whose life overflows with thanksgiving to God for His abundant blessings on your behalf? Introduction. How would you answer a Christian who claims that Psalm 103:3 promises physical healing to every Christian. So I went and bet everything I had on this horse. Stop and count your blessings. There are three elements of worship in this psalm: That’s what it means to bless God: to respond to God’s blessings in your life with heartfelt praise. All who are well pleased that there is a God must be well pleased that there is a Bible, a revelation of God, of his will, and of the only way to happiness in him. John MacArthur says, "God is absolutely perfect and nothing exists in God's character that impinges upon His truth and holiness" (1 John 1:5 Commentary). An Individual Hymn of Thanksgiving generally contains the following elements: (1) an Introduction, in which the psalmist declares the intention of giving thanks and praising God; (2) a Narrative, in which the psalmist tells what has happened that has prompted the words of praise; and (3) a Conclusion, in which the psalmist praises God for all that God has done on the psalmist’s behalf. Read with me from the first verse. Such it will in a measure become, if we are born of God. Verse 14 opens with the word “because,” providing the answer to the question. It is a clear and judicious explanation of the text, and cannot be dispensed with. 843 best Bible Verses images on Pinterest | Bible verses Psalm 103:1-5: pin. The entire collection of Psalms is entitled “Praises” in the Hebrew text. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture Quotations are from the New American Standard Bible, Updated Edition © The Lockman Foundation, Steve served as the pastor of Flagstaff Christian Fellowship from May, 1992 through his retirement in December, 2018. 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. Psalm 103, a masterful and well-loved composition, is classified as an Individual Hymn of Thanksgiving, a psalm in which a single voice praises God for God’s goodness to or on behalf of that individual, usually for deliverance from some trying situation. From me! He ran down to the priest and said, “Priest, I have to talk to you!” “Yes, what is it, my son?” “Priest, I watched you in each race and in every race the horse you blessed won. Our fleeting lives show us our need for God. First, it is the first hymn one encounters when reading the Psalms straight through. I wonder, could an outsider coming into a typical Sunday morning worship service tell whether we came here to bless God or to conduct His funeral? We’re vulnerable and frail, in spite of the advances of modern medicine. “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil” (Prov. Commentary Menu More Information on John MacArthur Prior Book Bible Introductions. God’s great goodness and our great need should cause us to respond in heartfelt worship. This Psalm, Psalm 103 can help us to tune our hearts to sing God’s grace as we should. Interactive Bible study with John Piper . As Derek Kidner puts it, “No story surpasses the Exodus for a record of human unworthiness: of grace abounding and ‘benefits forgot’” (Psalms [IVP], p. 365). Like David, our hearts may grow cold and we may have to rouse ourselves to praise God. Some psalms, though, simply lift up a chorus of praise to the Creator. 12:10). Daily devotional with John Piper. In his article “The Sufficiency of Scripture,” John MacArthur states that, Psalm 19:7–9 is the most monumental and concise statement on the sufficiency of Scripture ever made. pin. He took his entire savings, went to the race track, and prayed for wisdom on how to bet. Before the foundation of the world God chose you in Christ (Eph. Leviticus . 8:13). For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him (comp. Even a long life is short compared to eternity. It presages storm. If we believe that lie, we’re sitting ducks for temptation. If He really loved you, He’d let you eat from that tree. The race began. Worship is similar to love: It is not based on feelings, but if it’s genuine, feelings normally will be involved. Penned by David under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, these three verses offer unwavering testimony from God Himself about the sufficiency of His Word for every situation . Psalm 1 – The Way of the Righteous and the Way of the Ungodly. But you can’t focus on God without also realizing something about who you are. If we think we’re competent, we won’t rely on the Lord. Jesus paid the penalty we deserve, so that God’s justice was satisfied and His mercy can flow freely to all who flee to the cross. But also we are to worship God in truth. As MacArthur says in his afterword: “The authority and accuracy of Scripture have been attacked in every generation since Satan first spoke words of doubt to Eve: ‘Did God actually say…?’ (Gen. 3:1). To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Psalm 119:103. What happened?”, The priest said, “You must be a Protestant.” “Why do you say that?” asked the man. There is a popular teaching going around that says that Christians are not to see themselves as sinners, but only as saints. The sacrificial system in David’s day pointed ahead to the complete and final sacrifice for sins that Jesus secured on the cross. There is a world of holy angels who are ever praising him. 1:4). The notes explain some of the words with a *star by them. Psalms 103:2. The Alphabet Tree by Leo Lionni. Verify Address. The words of verses 20-22 act as the Conclusion to the Individual Hymn of Thanksgiving. He is abounding in it (v. 8). “Because you don’t know the difference between a blessing and the last rites.”. God understands how we are made (v. 14, “dust,” recalls the fall, Gen. 3:19), and relates to us with gentleness, not according to our sins (v. 10). 3:5-6). Words in boxes are from the Bible. God will not “accuse” or “keep his anger” and will not “deal with us nor repay us” according to our “sins” or “iniquities,” and God will “remove” our “transgressions.” The word translated in verse 10 as “sin,” is from the root word hata’, which literally means “to miss the mark.”. The first cause of our worship is that the Lord is holy. He disposes all persons and things to his own glory. EXEGESIS: CONTEXT: At three verses, this is one of the shortest psalms in the psalter. Articles Sermons Topics Books Podcasts Filter Resources By Ask Pastor John. When we see God’s goodness and our own need, David ends the psalm like a conductor ends a great symphony, calling in all of the instruments for a great climax of praise. Questions and answers with John Piper. Note that they all do God’s bidding and obey Him. Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. A cloud holds water, promise of rain and sustenance. JOSEPH A ALEXANDER Psalms Commentary (1864) Spurgeon had high praise for Alexander's work writing that it "Occupies a first place among expositions. (4) God is forgiving (vv. David accentuates God’s grace by mentioning Moses and the sons of Israel (v. 7). Do you ever take the time to let the immensity of God’s goodness as seen in His many blessings overwhelm you like a flood? Scripture: Psalm 103. Daily devotional with John Piper. 1 Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. The Hebrew word, though, encompasses a larger meaning of “awe, reverent respect, or honor.” It appears in the Old Testament as a synonym for “love” (Deuteronomy 10:12); “cling to” (Deuteronomy 10:20); and “serve” (Deuteronomy 6:13; Joshua 24:14). Scholars are not unanimous, but I agree with John Calvin who relates this psalm to the time when King Hezekiah of Judah was surrounded by the army of Sennacherib, King of Assyria. Scripture: Psalm 103 Topic: Hope John Piper ( @JohnPiper ) is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. Psalm 103, a masterful and well-loved composition, is classified as an Individual Hymn of Thanksgiving, a psalm in which a single voice praises God for God’s goodness to or on behalf of that individual, usually for deliverance from some trying situation. Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary PSALM 103 Ps 103:1-22. where did jesus go when he died john macarthur. HINT: Since there are such a large number of resources on this page (>10,000 links) you might consider beginning with the more recent commentaries that briefly discuss all 150 Psalms - Paul Apple (750 pages), Thomas Constable, David Guzik, Bob Utley.For more devotional thoughts consider Spurgeon's The Treasury of David, … 2 Dec 2020. The singer of Psalm 103 celebrates God’s steadfast love to us regardless of how we might have wronged the community or betrayed God, if, according to verses 11, 13, and 17, we “fear” the Lord. If we don’t acknowledge our true condition, we won’t cry out to God for mercy; thus we won’t receive His many blessings. 34:6) and reveals the fundamental nature of God. But then he trusted fully in God and His grace, so that he could say, “When I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Cor. God knows how we were made, that we are dust. By THOMAS DALE, M.A., Canon Residentiary of St, Paul's, London. Psalm 51:1-9 Commentary Psalm 51:10-19 Commentary Psalm 106 Commentary Psalm 113 Commentary Psalm 118 Commentary Psalm 119 Commentary Psalm … God’s sovereignty should be a source of comfort to us, because it guarantees that nothing or no one can thwart His plans to bless His people. Our physical frailty should show us that we’re needy! David ends that Psalm with another reminder to himself: “Bless the LORD, O my soul!” (Psalm 103:22) In a similar fashion, David begins and concludes Psalm 104 with these words to himself: “Bless the LORD, O my soul!” (Psalm 104:1 & 35) The heart of this Psalm is a … Audio/MP3 by William Shishko. Just when you think all is right in the world of Joseph and his brothers, their family drama reminds us that trust is very difficult to earn. 12mo. Either God is a liar or else all the good things He has promised to us will be fulfilled. Psalm 103’s primary focus is on God, not man. Verse 2. A crowning achievement from one of America's leading Bible teachers! How can a person who has been through terrible tragedy believe in the goodness of God? If we think we’re worthy, we won’t come to God for His grace. I find it humorous that often they cannot fill in all five blanks, and the one or two minor flaws they list are usually brushed aside. 8b, 9b), yet while human wrath is quick to rise and slow to fade, His is quite the opposite. The psalms that immediately … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 8" The only way that a holy God (v. 1) can accept sinful people is through the satisfaction of His holy law. For the preacher or teacher, Psalm 103 (considered as a whole) is the equivalent of a fat pitch, right … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 103:1-8" The sting of death is taken away by the fact that the moment you trust in Jesus as your sin bearer, God gives you eternal life. Life on Wings - A Tribute to Dr Ern Baxter: August 2007 John MacArthur on Spiritual: pin. Worship is an intelligent response to God: a response of praise, reverence, and obedience which stems from an understanding of who God is and who we are. Aug 31, 2009. Ask a child to apologize, to admit his or her wrong-doing, and you will discover the early limits of our empathy. Focusing on God’s blessings must be a deliberate choice. 4:16). There is no such promise in the Bible. Daily devotional with John Piper. The Song of Christ's Flock in the Twenty-third Psalm. Note some of the attributes of God that David emphasizes in this psalm: (1) God is gracious (vv. This model sermon, based on Psalm 103, uncovers and reminds us of God's endearing love from one of the Old Testament's most stirring passages. A. All of these blessings are ours at no cost to us, although at great cost to God. Later, rabbis often designated it “The Book of Praises.” The Septuagint (LXX)1, the Greek translation of the OT, labeled it “Psalms” (cf. Search a pre-defined list. We shouldn’t goof around when we worship the Lord. Verse 8 comes from God’s revelation of Himself to Moses (Exod. To fear God means to live with the awareness that all you think, say, and do is open to His scrutiny (Heb. (5) God is sovereign (v. 19). I'm assuming everyone here is somewhat familiar with … Commentary Menu More Information on John MacArthur Prior Book Bible Introductions . He drove the ten miles to the post office, sent his money and wrote, “Send me the magazine! Try it free for 30 days. We don’t know the circumstances in which it was written, but since David was a man who knew the grace and deliverance of God many times, it could have been written at many different times of his life. NOTE - See also verse by verse commentary on Psalm 118. Hermann Gunkel, one of the great fathers of psalm studies, describes hymns of thanksgiving … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 103:[1-7] 8-13" Psalms 131, 133 and 134 each have three verses. Psalm 103 is a psalm of pure worship. 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