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Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: . . . Bless the Lord, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the Lord, O my soul. 

Beginning and ending with the charge to bless God, this psalm is composed of a comprehensive recounting of His “benefits”—the many ways God blesses His children (see vv. 3–19). A commentary notes that in Psalm 103 the poet “has been granted an insight into the heart of the majesty of God, and what he has found there is grace.”

Resources quoted in this issue

RR: Weiser, Artur. The Psalms: A Commentary. Translated by Herbert Hartwell. Philadelphia: Westminster, 1962; Laymon, Charles M. The Interpreter’s One-Volume Commentary on the Bible. Nashville: Abingdon, 1971; Jamieson, Robert, Andrew Robert Fausset, and David Brown. A Commentary, Critical and Explanatory, on the Old and New Testaments. 2 vols. Hartford, CT: S.S. Scranton, 1871. Also available at biblestudytools.com/commentaries.

Cit. 3: Mays, James L., Joseph Blenkinsopp, et al., eds. Harper’s Bible Commentary. San Francisco: Harper & Row, 1988.

Cit. 14: Mays, James L., Joseph Blenkinsopp, et al., eds. The HarperCollins Bible Commentary. Rev. ed. New York: HarperCollins, 2000.

Cit. 20: Radmacher, Earl D., Ronald Barclay Allen, and H. Wayne House. The NKJV Study Bible. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2007; Barclay, William. The Daily Study Bible: The Gospel of John, Vol. 2. Edinburgh: Saint Andrew, 1955. Revised and updated by Saint Andrew, 2001. Reprinted as The New Daily Study Bible: The Gospel of John, Vol. 2. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2001–04.

Cit. 24: Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary. Vol. 1, Introduction to the Pentateuch. Genesis. Exodus. Leviticus. Numbers. Deuteronomy. Nashville: Abingdon, 2015.

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