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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Psalms 103:19-22

Here is, I. The doctrine of universal providence laid down, Ps. 103:19. He has secured the happiness of his peculiar people by promise and covenant, but the order of mankind, and the world in general, he secures by common providence. The Lord has a throne of his own, a throne of glory, a throne of government. He that made all rules all, and both by a word of power: He has prepared his throne, has fixed and established it that it cannot be shaken; he has afore-ordained all the measures of his... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 103:20

Bless the Lord, ye his angels ,.... For their creation, being made by him; for their preservation, living, moving, and having their being in him; and for their happiness, in which they are continued, owing to their being chosen of God in Christ, and to their confirmation by Christ. These are always employed in the work of blessing and praising the Lord nor are they in the least backward to it, nor remiss it; nor does this address unto them suppose anything of this kind. The design of the... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Psalms 103:20

Bless the Lord, ye his angels - Every person who has a sense of God's goodness to his soul feels his own powers inadequate to the praise which he ought to offer; and therefore naturally calls upon the holiest of men, and the supreme angels, to assist him in this work. That excel in strength - Some take כה גברי gibborey coach the mighty in strength, for another class of the hierarchy, - they that do his commandments, hearkening to his words; and consider them to be that order of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 103:1-22

The psalm divides itself into four portions: the first ( Psalms 103:1-5 ) an outburst of praise for blessings granted by God to each man severally; the second ( Psalms 103:6-14 ) an enumeration of his loving kindnesses towards his Church as a whole; the third ( Psalms 103:15-18 ) a representation of man's weakness and dependence on God; and the fourth ( Psalms 103:19-22 ) a glance at God's unchanging glory, and a call upon all his creation to bless and worship him. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 103:19-22

The range of God's rule and claim. We have here - I. THE WIDE RANGE OF GOD 'S RULE . ( Psalms 103:19 .) If his throne were "prepared" anywhere on earth, while within sight of a few, it would be out of sight of and, in that sense, far away from many cities and provinces; but being "prepared in the heavens," it is (in thought and feeling) in view of all, and is thus near to all, and "his kingdom ruleth over all." "The Lord looketh from heaven, he beholdeth all the sons of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Psalms 103:20

Bless the Lord, ye his angels (comp. Psalms 148:2 ). That excel in strength. The angels that "excel in strength"—literally, are mighty in strength— may best be understood as those called in the New Testament "archangels" ( 1 Thessalonians 4:16 ; Jud 1 Thessalonians 1:9 ), the highest of the glorious beings that stand around the throne of God ( Revelation 8:2 , Revelation 8:6 ; Revelation 10:1 ) and execute his behests. These are they that, in an especial sense, do his... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Psalms 103:20

Bless the Lord - The psalm began Psalms 103:1-2 with an exhortation to “bless the Lord.” That exhortation was, however, then addressed by the psalmist to his own soul, and was especially founded on the benefits which he had himself received. The psalm closes also with an exhortation to “bless the Lord,” yet on a much wider scale. The psalmist feels that there is not only occasion for him to do it, but that the reason for it extends to the whole universe. The meaning is, that God is worthy of... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Psalms 103:20-22

Psalms 103:20-22. Bless the Lord, ye his angels Who, though glorious creatures, are but his ministers and messengers, as the word signifies. And by inviting the angels to bless God he excites men to the same duty, as having more dependance upon God, and obligation to him. That excel in strength Of which see one evidence, 2 Kings 19:35. You are freed from the inabilities and infirmities of mankind; that do his commandments That live in a universal, constant, and perfect obedience to all... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Psalms 103:1-22

Psalms 103:0 God’s great loveRealizing how easily people forget God, David reminds himself of the many blessings, physical and spiritual, that God has given him. Gratefully, he praises God for them all (1-2). Sin, sickness and the prospect of a hopeless death have been replaced by forgiveness, good health and a renewed enjoyment of life (3-5).The constant love of God for his people is seen in the history of Israel. He cares for the oppressed and shows mercy on sinners (6-8). If God acted only... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Psalms 103:20

ye. Some codices, with Septuagint and Vulgate, read "all ye". That excel = That are mighty. commandments = commandment (singular) read more

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