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Forget None of His Benefits

July 16, 2017

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Forget None of His Benefits

Psalm 103:2-5 reads:

Bless the LORD,   O my soul,
and forget none  of His benefits;
who pardons  all your iniquities;
who heals  all your diseases;
who redeems your life  from the pit;
who crowns you  with lovingkindness  and compassion;
who satisfies  your years  with good things,
so that your youth  is renewed  like the eagle.

In this Psalm,  King David  is very mindful  of his sinful tendencies.     Just like everyone else,  we all tend  to forget the blessings  we continually have  around us.     We take them for granted  and quickly become ungrateful  —  not realizing  their importance.

When something really wonderful happens,  we might possibly breathe  a quick,  “Thanks!”  and then,  get on with other things in life  —  about which we complain  and anxiously wish  those things  would improve.     It isn’t long  before we no longer think  about all the good things  that have happened.

We might even have  the feeling  that we “deserved”  all those blessings.

In a sinful world  like this,  it’s much easier  to keep wishing  for all our messes  to get straightened out  —  the sooner the better.

But,  King David realizes  he must be  a good soldier  in his spiritual life.     He is aware  of his tendency  to take things  for granted  all too quickly.     So,  he tells his soul,  “Don’t you  ever forget all  of God’s benefits,  because your eternal life  depends on your remembering  just who God is  and what you are  in comparison.”

To get his soul  on the right track,  David sees fit  to list some  of the benefits  that our LORD gives.     Number 1  —  God pardons  all our iniquities.     How often  we dismiss that  as we complain  about life  in general.     With David,  we need  to daily remind ourselves  of this eternal blessing.

Number 2  —  God heals  all our diseases.     God heals  all our physical  and spiritual diseases.     Those  that seem  to remain  and bug us  provide most loving lessons  in faith,  hope,  and love.     So,  in the end,  they are  for our benefit.     Our spiritual salvation is  of much greater value  than physical problems.

Number 3  —  God redeems our life  from the pit.     Many verses  in the book of Job  explain  how God uses our trials  and temptations  to teach us  to totally lean  on Him.     When we learn  to lean  on God  in this troublesome life,  we are actually  being saved eternally.     Troubles  are God drawing us near  to Him.     They are faith builders  that eventually keep us  from hell.

Number 4 —  God crowns us  with lovingkindness  and compassion.     God is always near  in all of our troubles,  lovingly strengthening us  right in the middle  of our troubles.     Even when we feel desperate,  God’s compassion  for us  in our trial  is right within us,  helping us  all the way.     It’s amazing  when you think  about it.

Number 5  —  God gives us  good things  throughout all our years.     Each of these good things  gives us hope  and the strength  to endure upcoming troubles  in this world.     Even in our old age,  we can feel young  and strong trusting  in our LORD.

Looking at David’s list  of benefits  makes one realize  how these are all things  we tend  to gloss over  and never give  a second thought to.     But,  David was a man  after God’s own heart  because  he did not forget  what was most important  in this world.

Let’s pray  that we  will never forget either.

As we take the time  to remember  each of these benefits  in our own lives,  we will sing  with David,  “Hallelujah!     The LORD blesses us  with everything good.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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