“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
We are now in the seventh month of being separated from our friends and our church family because of Covid 19. Just when we were thinking we could spend more time with family and do some normal things, a second wave has begun, and restrictions are being tightened again.
It would be so easy to begin to question the Lord as to why these things are happening, but it is time to be like the Psalmist and remember all the benefits that we do have.
In this Psalm we see so many benefits of knowing the Lord and we will look at a few of them.
Verse 3: “Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;” If there were no other benefits from serving God, these two make it worth it all. Jesus Christ took all our sins on Himself when He gave His life on Calvary. His blood cleanses us from all sin. We are human and we all fail, but we can call upon His Name and He forgives. When we face sickness, we can claim the blood He shed for our healing.
Verse 4: “Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;” His mercies are new every day, and He is always there when we call on Him.
Verse 5: “Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” He supplies our every need as we trust in Him. He gives us the strength that we need to face each day.
Verse 8-10: “The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.”
Verse 17, sums it up quite well: “But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children.” We do not know how much longer we will be in this situation, but we do know that the Lord is in control and that He is somehow working all things together for our good.
Prayer: Lord we lift our voices to you today, thanking you for all the benefits you have bestowed upon us. Keep us faithful to you, ready and watching for your coming.
Devotion by Anne Johnston