As usual, here I am on a three story scaffold with a two story rope.
This Psalm was written at the point of the first one third of the ‘time-line’ between Abraham and Jesus. (“And from Abraham to David was 14 generations, from David to the ‘carrying away of Israel to Babylon’ was 14 generations, and from the carrying away of Israel to the birth of Christ was 14 generations.”)
It is amazing in the fact that it was written while the Hebrew Nation was still offering burnt offerings for their sins in accordance with the Mosaic Law. Offerings that would never forgive sin, only roll it back one year until the next ‘Day of Atonement’. The writer David, possessed a spiritual knowledge of ‘God’s Anointed One’, who was yet to come, and that He would wipe away the sins of the World.
Hear now Psalm 103 ‘Out of the depths of my misery I have called out to you, O Lord; Lord, hear my cry! Let your ears stand at attention as I plead for mercy. Lord, if you did keep an account of our sins, who among us could hold up their heads to face you on the coming Day of Judgement? (a) But in you there is forgiveness, and because of this we hold you in our hearts in reverence. (b) I wait for you Lord, I wait for the fulfillment of all your promises. And, in those promises I have much hope. My soul waits for your coming; even more than the those who stand atop the protecting walls of our cities and wait wearily for the dawn, (c) O Israel put your hope in the Lord. For in the Lord is love unfailing, and great is His power to set men free. (d) He alone shall set Israel free, for in Him is love and redemption from all our sins.’
(a) The Lord does keep a book of every thought, every sin, every mummer; also our unkindness as well as our kindness and good deeds towards others. On the other hand we are to judge ourelves (1st John 1:10) and repent of our sins. Then our sins will be cast into the ‘Sea of Forgetfulness.’ (b) We owe, and we pay reverence, to, the King of Kings because of his suffering and for the blood he shed to remove the curse of eternal death from our spirits. (c) In ancient times the cities had walls around the perimeter as a defensive shield. Men took turns walking the tops of those walls at night in order to shout an alarm if the enemy approached. (Josh. 2:15, Neh. 4:15-18)(d) In the ancient text Israel consisted of both the southern nation of Judah as well as the northern nation of Israel. after the Hebrew nation refused to accept Jesus as the Messiah, the gentiles (people other than those born of Jewish blood) were grafted into the ‘Royal Household’ and until the return of Christ will serve in place of Israel. Jesus did not know the date and the time of his return because that time will only come when the very last person of a pre-set number of unholy, non Jewish people are converted to Christianity. Then Jesus will return to Earth. .