This psalm is one of the most cherished psalms for it is grand in its conception fixing the Lord God in his natural element heaven and throne basking in the glory of his Sovereignty. ‘Bless the Lord‘, His holy Name is acknowledged by His creation. This psalm is spot on for a child of God to grow from the meat, truth which is from everlasting to everlasting and generation to generations “But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;(v.17)” Mercy began with the Lord which St Paul qualifies as the Father of all mercies,”Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;(2 Co.1:3).”
This psalm is also unique for the Righteousness (Power and Wisdom both in full play) that underpins predestination in which the Father in heaven bears relation to earthly fathers so when the Spirit compares He says ‘as a father pitieth his children’ and by the same token every child of God can relate to God the Son. The Psalm of David carries themes that bring what it is to be human, -soul of each, at the centre of God’s plan; no less is His mercy for us than was for Moses or for David. Soul is to identify meditation of a child of God as the centre of Meditations of God. It is in God’s Time and in direct context of eternal throne. It is thus our worlds of heaven and the earth are interlocked. So the spiritual substance with which the Psalmist spoke of his intimacy is equally valid for us. Generation to generations the God of all comfort has never ceased to comfort those who turned to him for His mercy. Here we have this psalm placing the concept of predestination in its working clothes. When the Psalmist mentions ‘A body has thou prepared’ (Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,/8 I delight to do thy will,..Ps.40:7-8) the Spirit calls us to attend the relationship before the worlds began where it is the body of his Son as basis. What is its nature? He had seen us all and this lines makes it quite clear:”For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust(v.14)”. If we did sin in our ignorance He forbears from punishing because his nature is such ‘as the heaven is high.’ He has foreknown us in his Son and his mountaintop view stretching as far as eternity knows our end as well. “Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.” Do we honor him as honor is due to our father? Fear him who has the power over your soul(Matt.10:28). The Psalmist admonishes those who revere him,”To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them” and keep in mind what is their portion,”The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens;” The angels ‘that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word./21 Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure./22 Bless the Lord, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the Lord, O my soul.(vv.20-22)”
Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
6 The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.
7 He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.
8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
9 He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.
10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.
14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.
17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;
18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
19 The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.
20 Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.
21 Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.
22 Bless the Lord, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the Lord, O my soul.