Don‘t Forget His Benefits:
“Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits.” (Psalm 103:1-2).
The Apostle Peter said, “As we know Jesus better, his divine power gives us everything we need for living a godly life…And by that same mighty power, he has given us all of his rich and wonderful PROMISES…So make every effort to APPLY the BENEFITS of these PROMISES to your life.” (2 Peter 1:3-5, emphasis mine)
Do you know what kind of wonderful promises that God has given to us as His children? I think many Christians don’t, and that’s why the Psalmist David said, “And forget not all His benefits.” Why? Because God knew that if we didn’t constantly remind ourselves of them, that we would forget them. The Bible says, “Without wavering, let us hold tightly to the hope we say we have, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.” (Hebrews 10:23). If God has made us a promise in the Bible, you can rest assured that what He has promised, He will be faithful to perform. O, do not doubt Him! God is not a man that He should lie. If He has promised something, believe Him. Claim the promise, and apply it to your life.
Today, I want to encourage you to read through and meditate on the rest of Psalm 103, which records some of the many benefits and promises that God has given to His children. I encourage you to read this Psalm through three times, and think about each of the promises, and what they mean to you. God promises to forgive ALL of our sins (not just some of them) and He promises to heal ALL of our diseases (not of them is too powerful for His healing power). When you’re finished reading and meditating upon this Psalm – if you’re looking for a way to apply the Word to your life – bless the Lord, with all your heart, and thank Him for these benefits.
- 3 Who forgives all your sins,
- Who heals all your diseases,
- 4 Who redeems your life from destruction,
- Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
- 5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
- So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
- 6 The Lord executes righteousness And justice for all who are oppressed.
- 7 He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children ofIsrael.
- 8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
- 9 He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever.
- 10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
- Nor punished us according to our iniquities.
- 11 For as the heavens are high above the earth,
- So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
- 12 As far as the east is from the west,
- So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
- 13 As a father pities his children,
- So the Lord pities those who fear Him.
- 14 For He knows our frame;
- He remembers that we are dust.
- 15 As for man, his days are like grass;
- As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
- 16 For the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
- And its place remembers it no more.
- 17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
- On those who fear Him,
- And His righteousness to children’s children,
- 18 To such as keep His covenant,
- And to those who remember His commandments to do them.” (Psalm 103:3-18).
Don’t forget to go back and re-read this Psalm two more times, and especially verse 8, which reveals to us something about the nature of God. He is merciful and gracious, SLOW to anger (thank God for that) and ABOUNDING in mercy. Bless the Lord!