Psalm 103:1-22 is a psalm of praise. In it, David is very specific in his praise of God. In verses 1-3 he begins with:
- Praise for who God is
- Praise for what God does
He gives praise that God’s righteous deeds flow from His righteous character. God does what He does, because of who He is.
He also mentions fearing God 3 times in this passage. The fear he describes isn’t that of being afraid of something, it is “to live in awe of Him and reverence to Him.” The fear of God is the response of a heart that recognizes God for who He Is.