Forget Not All His Benefits

Psalm 103:1–5 (ESV)
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! 2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, 3 who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, 5 who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

This is one of my favorite passages in the Psalms. It reminds me of just how blessed I am by the God of heaven. Think of the word “benefits.” It means to receive good, rewards, to receive advantages and blessings. Just this morning God woke me up with birds singing and the moon still shining, soon a beautiful sunrise filled the sky. I didn’t deserve such a show but God sent it for us to enjoy.

Even greater is the blessing we receive in redemption. Again, I didn’t deserve it (Ro 5:8; Ep 2:8). He set the plan for salvation before the foundation of the world even before any of us were created (Ep 1:4).

“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

Being crowned with God’s mercy is a high privilege and honor. I don’t know why God loved me so. But, I am so glad He does. I believe that God hedges us about with His care and love. We should stop and think long and hard about how blessed we are to be His children.

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