2nd November 2020

Forget Not All His Benefits 

“I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.’ Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge;”
Psalm 91:1-4 (NKJV)

When I think back to March it seems so long ago. We had a lovely family wedding and then the whole country was in lock-down with doctors telling us to stay at home and shelter if we had any underlying health issues. So since I have asthma I was in self-isolation from the start, not even able to see my grandchildren, except through the window. I felt for those who could not see their families, but were stuck at home and maybe indoors, home-schooling and working from home. Even when we did go late shopping, the shelves were empty of meat, eggs, pasta, flour and many other items. Yes, no toilet rolls! Our three sons had no work, so it was hard times with no money and no work. I did get anxious at times.

But then I remembered that we have a God who will supply all our needs. Our neighbour came and brought supplies that we needed. What a blessing! And did you notice that lovely weather we were blessed with all spring, sunny and warm? Another great benefit in the UK is the National Health Service. Like so many around the nation, we went outside to clap with our neighbours in appreciation of the N.H.S and key workers who put their own lives at risk. And we continue to pray for these wonderful people during the second wave of the pandemic. I read the Psalms, and Psalm 103:1-4 was a great encouragement: “Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies.” This Psalm reminds us to be thankful for all God’s blessings, small or large.

We need to be aware of those around us, so a phone call or card can be a great blessing and encouragement. Let’s help each other where we can. And most of all pray for friends and relatives, the children and the elderly, for the NHS, our government, the shopkeepers and dustmen—and in all things give God the glory.

Thank you, Lord, for all our many blessings. We pray for your guidance on our leaders, your protection for the NHS and key workers, and your healing for those who are sick. In Jesus’ name.

Study by Joan Esom


About the Author:
Joan Esom attends the London Congregation of Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion International Central London
Indian YMCA
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email:   london@gracecom.church