Are you in the sickroom of despair, or the throne room of divine splendor?

Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction,(the pit) who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies… Bless the Lord, O my soul! Psalm 103:1-4, 22.Psalm 103.1-5

A Pit, shahat, Strong’s #7845: a pit, (especially as a trap, a place with no way out) figuratively destruction, corruption, ditch, grave, pit. A word with a lot of significance. In the Septuagint (Greek translation of the OT) it is rendered diaphthora #1312 this word is used by Luke in Acts 2:27, 13:35, which he refers to it as “corruption” it is destruction in a moral sense. a spiritual and moral impurity that leads to a place (pit, hell, sheol). The Hebrew peoples reference to the netherworld deep below the earth.

In our text psalm 103 is called by some an envelope Psalm… it ends exactly the same way it begins, the subject matter being enclosed (enveloped) between the opening and closing statements. It is truly about our souls being set free from the eternal separation from God and being placed in heaven in His presence forever, rather than in a pit, a place of darkness, or a room of sickness far from heaven.

In my digging I have come upon some beautiful nuggets from princes of the pulpit, like Charles Spurgeon, and John Philips. Spurgeon in speaking on the 5 times the word “Blessings” is used said, “We often, write our blessings in the sand, and we engrave our complaints in marble!”

John Philips said, “The man who enjoys the blessings of God is rich beyond measure, though he may possess little of this worlds treasure.” Philips goes on to remind us of David’s words about the benefits of God’s salvation in verses 3-5 David just as contemporary then as now gives us a 6 pack of verbs attributed to God…He forgives, heals, redeems, crowns, satisfies, and renews.

In verse four of Psalm 103—Who redeems your life from destruction. Philips says this verse can be translated, “Who redeems your life from going to waste.”

Are you in the sickroom of despair, or the throne room of divine splendor?

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    May 04, 2013 @ 02:51:05

    Reblogged this on Wings of the Wind and commented:
    Another great word study by Manny. God can redeem our lives from destruction.


  2. Chris
    May 04, 2013 @ 02:54:36

    Thanks for the education, Manny. You covered this as you said you would. The meaning of “pit” is clearer now.

    May God be praised for his everlasting kindness.


  3. pray2christ
    Aug 28, 2016 @ 18:29:33

    Thanks for the post. Re-blogging it so that others too benefit from the wisdom of God.


  4. pray2christ
    Aug 28, 2016 @ 18:29:57

    Reblogged this on Disciples of hope.


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