Messiah's voice in Israel in praise
Psalms 103, 104 call for a
few observations on the details No doubt the Spirit of
Christ leads these praises, for His praise shall be of
Jehovah in the great congregation; but it is in the name
of all Israel the psalm is spoken. They have forgiveness
and mercy through the tender compassions and mercy of
Jehovah. As for man, he is as grass; and the people had
been as grass and withered (Isaiah 40). But the mercy of
Jehovah is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that
fear Him, the obedient ones. Thus all is ascribed to
goodness, yet faithfulness, from the very nature and name
of Jehovah; but to the obedient ones, the godly remnant.
Now Jehovah owned them with lovingkindness and tender
mercies. All their sins were utterly removed from them.
Jehovah's throne was prepared in the heavensthe
only possible means of securing blessing. And now His
kingdom ruled over all It was not only His title, but
established in fact. It is Israel's praise, consequent on
the intervention of Jehovah, of which the previous psalms
have spoken. Matthew 9: 1-6 marks Jesus out as the
Jehovah who now at the close healed all Israel (v. 3).
The more intimately we know scripture, the more simple
and distinct is the truth that, though Son of man, Christ
is the Jehovah of the Old Testament.