Updated: May 2
1 Bless Yahweh, O my soul, *
and all that is within me, bless his holy Name.
2 Bless Yahweh, O my soul, *
and forget not all his benefits.
3 He forgives all your sins *
and heals all your infirmities;
4 He redeems your life from the grave *
and crowns you with mercy and loving-kindness;
5 He satisfies you with good things, *
and your youth is renewed like an eagle's.
6 Yahweh executes righteousness *
and judgment for all who are oppressed.
7 He made his ways known to Moses *
and his works to the children of Israel.
8 Yahweh is full of compassion and mercy, *
slow to anger and of great kindness.
The translation (as usually is the case) is bad here, especially in the first two verses. The implication given by having David say, “Bless Yahweh, O my soul,” twice, is not what David wrote. The literal translation says, “bless my soul to Yahweh,” with the Hebrew word “barak” better translate as “kneels” (rather than “bless”). This makes it clear that David’s “soul kneels to Yahweh,” as his Lord and Master – his Husband in a divine marriage of “soul” to Spirit.
In this regard, it is corrupt for any human being to think he, she, or it can “bless Yahweh” in any way. A soul trapped in a human body of flesh is then the equivalents of a woman (regardless of what sex organs those bodies of flesh have); and, in the olden days past, a woman (and her children) were best seen, not heard. Humans are thus to act the same in respect to Yahweh, as an unmarried woman (a soul trapped in a body of flesh) is bound for nothing. Only when she marries can she be taken care of. Yahweh does not marry flesh, as flesh is always bound to die. Yahweh only marries souls that totally submit to Him; so, the only “blessing” possible is that of Yahweh possessing a soul in divine marriage. David was so divinely married; and, his psalm begins by stating his total submission to Yahweh, as His wife-soul.
When verse one sings, “all within me the name his sacredness,” this places focus on David’s soul being saved by his submission to Yahweh. Yahweh’s Spirit cleansed the soul of David, so it could be the virgin womb in which the soul of Yahweh’s Son (Adam-Jesus) would be resurrected, becoming Lord over David’s flesh. That Lord “within” is the “name” David took on in divine marriage – “Israel.” That name means he “Who Retains the el of Yahweh – the Yahweh elohim that is Adam (a.k.a Jesus). With that soul then the Lord over David’s soul and his flesh, David walked a path of righteousness, as a Saint. That “sacredness” is not to be applied to Yahweh (in the same way Yahweh cannot be “blessed”), but to David, who has taken on the name of Yahweh’s Son, as His Son reborn into flesh.
Verse two adds to the “kneeling one’s soul before Yahweh,” “and not you will forget , all its recompense .” This says that the inner Lord becomes the Christ Mind (call it the Messiah Mind, for David’s Hebrew speaking singers), which is the All-Knowing Mind of Yahweh overcoming the gross limitations of a fleshy brain trying to be able to consciously recall memorizations. The written Word is divinely inspired (just as are all David’s psalms), so it takes divine inspiration to understand that memorized. To “forget” the meaning of Scripture is to read it, memorize it, and then put it out of one’s brainly thoughts, because it is too much to understand alone. This “forgetting” always leads to the failures of human knowledge that cause one to break the Laws and sin. The meaning of “all its recompense” means “forgetting” Yahweh’s Word makes one become a sinner, while being one with Yahweh and having the Word written within one’s soul (a.k.a. Jesus reborn within) makes one “make amends” (the definition of “recompense”) for all past sins [divine Baptism by Yahweh’s Spirit in divine marriage].
To reassure one this is the meaning, verse three then sings, “him forgiving all your inequities , him healing , to all your pains .” The Hebrew word “tachalu” can mean “pain,” but its primary translation into English as “disease.” This means a soul alone in its body of flesh leaves itself open for the ‘infections’ of Satan’s minions, the demon spirits or fallen “elohim” that enter a body and turn that body against its soul. The urges to sin (thus “forget” Scripture and the Law) is then like a ”disease” that kills the body of flesh (like a plague).
The body of flesh is bound to die in some way, at some time. The meaning of “mortal” is “born to die.” Thus, the ”healing” is the casting out of impure and unclean spirits, which can signify the curing of a bodily ailment. However, the true “pain” prevented by such “healings” of Yahweh’s Spirit within one’s soul is the “pain” of Judgment, for having turned away from His offer of divine marriage and becoming His Son reborn into the flesh. This verse then sings of eternal salvation earned by those souls that serve Yahweh totally.
This element of salvation is then sung in verse four. There, the literal translation into English sings: “him redeeming from the pit your living ; him surrounding you with kindness and compassion .” In this, the Hebrew word “chay” means “alive, living,” which means “your living” is salvation, so a soul gains eternal “life.” Without that divine salvation from Judgment that sends sinners to “the pit,” this destination must not be seen as a physical conception of ‘Hell’ or ‘Sheol.’ The “pit” is the realm of the dead; and, because a soul is eternal, being sent to the realm of the dead means reincarnation, born anew into a fleshy body that is bound to die again. To never be “redeemed” from one’s sins of the flesh, a soul is never truly “alive,” as it is always trapped in a body of death.
Following the semi-colon, Yahweh led David to sing of the “surrounding” of one’s soul with Yahweh’s Spirit and His Son’s soul as one’s Lord. The presence of Yahweh’s Son is then the epitome of ‘God’s Love,” as the soul of Adam-Jesus is the true source of all “kindness and compassion” a soul “living” can know. No physical things can define this “love.” It is the 'wedding gift' Yahweh gives to His brides, as this marriage made in heaven it bound securely by the love of God - Adam-Jesus. One must be reborn in that name to know this most true love.
Verse five then sings of the benefits that come from the promise of a soul being saved for everlasting life. David was moved to sing, “him satisfying with good ornaments ; it will renew like an eagle your youth .” This says the ‘fountain of youth’ is not some eternal spring in Florida (sorry Ponce de Leon) but the Spirit poured out upon one’s soul forevermore.
It makes one feel the excitement, joy and exuberance of “youth,” as one becomes a minister in the name of Yahweh. The Hebrew word “adi” (constructed as “‘eḏ·yêḵ”) means “ornaments,” but can sometimes be read as “your mouth.” The “satisfactions” that come from one’s ‘mouth’ are then the “ornaments, jewels, decorations” of the “good” and “agreeable” understandings of Scripture, which are delightfully explained so others can have their eyes opened. One sparkles with the truth, which makes one’s mouth like a fine gem. One soars high, “like an eagle,” which is metaphor for ascending to the higher realm of the Spiritual, soaring above the base and ordinary. It speaks the truth as a child reborn of Yahweh, as His Son resurrected into “young” flesh. The soul of the Son of Yahweh is then the fountain that springs forth with everlasting waters of life.
The youthful exercise of ministry in the name of Yahweh is then sung about in verse six. David was inspired to write: “making righteousness Yahweh ; and judgment , to all who are oppressed .” This sings that “righteousness” is impossible without a soul having bowed down in submission to Yahweh in divine union, at the altar of marriage. Only when Yahweh’s Spirit has purified one’s soul of past sins, so one’s soul becomes a virgin womb into which His Son’s soul can resurrect, can one be led Spiritually to live a righteous life. That life remaining in the flesh then serves Yahweh as His Son reborn, led to be walking to meet seekers in need of “judgment.” This tells sinners, “You are walking a path to destruction and must change now.” When those souls sense the divine presence near [“the kingdom of God has come near”], then they will ask questions and be told the truth; so, with the truth in hand, their souls can decide to continue rejecting holy matrimony with the divine or turn back to Yahweh and bow down and serve Him. Those “who are oppressed” can find salvation as their escape from the imprisonment of a body of flesh that urges their souls to sin.
Verse seven then sings, “he will know his manner of Moses ; to the sons Israel , his deeds .” In this, two historic names from David’s history arise, with “Moses” meaning (among other possibilities) “hidden, covered.” The name “Israel” has already been stated: “Who Retains elohim of Yahweh.” Thus, Yahweh led David to sing about a soul filled with Yahweh’s Spirit having “knowledge of the ways hidden,” which is the beauty of divine Scripture. Certainly, Moses was enlightened when he met Yahweh at the burning bush, which allowed Moses to possess a staff that had “hidden” powers of Yahweh in it (as a tool given Moses by the One God). Everyone who followed Moses (in the same way everyone who truly follows Jesus becomes Christian souls) those souls became “sons” of Yahweh (regardless of physical sex organs), as His Son resurrected within each of them (male and female they are made Sons). The children descended of Jacob became descendants of Abram, by becoming points of light in the darkness, as those “Who Retained Yahweh elohim” as their Lord. When the soul of Adam-Jesus led the children chosen by Yahweh into the wilderness, with Moses, it was to grow into ministers who would do the “deeds” of their possessing soul-Spirit.
In verse eight, Yahweh inspired David to again sing of the love of God that is His Son – the Yahweh elohim that is Adam (a.k.a. Jesus). David wrote: “compassionate and gracious Yahweh ; long of face and much kindness .” Here, the Hebrew word “arek” (transliterated as “’e·reḵ”) means “long,” implying “patience,” thus “slow.” When that word is connected to the Hebrew “’ap·pa·yim,” a construct of “panim,” meaning “faces,” the better translation says “long of faces” paints a picture of the duration of those who are truly able to be called “Israel,” as possessed by a “Hidden” Spirit and divine soul. Every one of those who follow in doing the “deeds” of Moses (and Jesus, with all the prophets and Saints) will be one in the great line of descendants of Abram. All will be possessed by the “compassionate and gracious” Son of Yahweh – the ‘love of God’ that is Adam-Jesus – wearing the “face” of Yahweh as His Son reborn in the flesh and spreading “much kindness” to seekers of truth. This is the gift of salvation that endures and brings “patience” to those who submit fully to Yahweh in divine marriage.