What does it say?
David is the author given for Psalm 103, and it is possible that he composed the other two psalms in our reading today as well. Psalm 102 is a cry to God in a time of great calamity. Some see this as a prophetic foreshadowing of Christ on the cross (102:5-8). Psalm 102:26 is quoted in Hebrews 1:10.
Psalm 103 opens with great praise for the benefits we receive from God. This psalm is also quoted and referenced in the New Testament. Notice especially 103:12-16 and see if any of that sounds familiar from the New Testament.
Psalm 104 is a reflection on our great Creator God. The psalmist marvels at the majesty and precision of God in creation. Like the others, this psalm also is quoted in the New Testament. Verse 4, for example, appears in Hebrews 1:7.
What does it mean?
The Psalms are a manual for all moods and circumstances. The book has been called the hymnbook of believers because they were written to be sung. Music can be in major or minor keys producing totally different moods, often seeming to bypass the brain and directly piercing the heart. No wonder we tend to go to the Psalms in those climactic moments of life whether the key is major or minor, victorious or calamitous.
Psalm 103:7 is an important distinction. While the nation of Israel saw and experienced the great things God did among them, it was Moses who understood his ways, or his plans. In other words, Moses understanding went much deeper than simply seeing what God was doing. This should be a motivation for us to continue learning the Bible in order to understand more of how and why God is moving forward in his story, not just seeing the sights along the way.
How will I respond?
I will look closely at Psalm 103:1-6 and list the actions verbs that describe God’s benefits to us that believe. In the three psalms I have read today, what is the one truth or lesson that I am taking away for use in my life today?