In our last visit we began doing a study of Psalm 103 seeking to answer a few questions after reading and reflecting on the Psalm. The first question we considered was, what did the Psalmist have to say about God? Now let’s look at the next question, what does Psalm 103 says about man?
It is clear that man is a sinner according to the Psalmist. He refers to this in verse 3, and says in verse 10, “He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.”
He also points out that we are mortal in verses 14-16. Man’s, “days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.” It is humbling to realize this. But it is good to know that God “knows how we are formed, He remembers that we are dust.”
In spite of our sinfulness, man is redeemable. He can be forgiven. He can be lifted up from the pit and crowned with love and compassion. God hates sin, but His anger is overcome by His compassion and love when you turn to Him in humility and faith.
When you come into right relationship with Him He “satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s” (verse 5).
Once we experience His saving grace we are able with grateful hearts to praise Him with our whole being (verses 17-18). We can then join the chorus of heavenly and earthly beings as they praise God. No wonder the Psalm declares: “As high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him” (verse 11).