October 5th 2010

Forget Not All His Benefits

“Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.  Praise the Lord, O my soul and forget not all his benefits–who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
Psalm 103:1-5 (NIV)

How easy it is to take for granted the good things that happen to us as we make our way through each busy day.  Many wander through life as if in a dream.  Life just happens to them.  But King David who wrote this Psalm had a very different take on life.  He recognised that he did not walk alone; indeed, he knew he was constantly in the company of God himself.

This understanding directed David’s life through the good times and the bad times.  He knew that all that happened in his life was seen and used by God to be a source of blessing.  Even the things we don’t desire, God will turn to our good.  God seeks to redeem every part of our existence and turn it into a blessing for us.  When David spoke of “all his benefits”, he included the things that he didn’t like as well as the pleasant.

What a different view we would have if we could see all that God does for us.

You know, we can!  Not with our physical eyes, but with our eyes of faith.  We can read Psalms like this one, or other promises of God such as Romans 8:28, and believe what God says.  We can walk in the confidence that God is with us and is taking every opportunity to bless us.  We don’t always see these blessings because sometimes they are part of a future blessing, and sometimes the blessing is a spiritual blessing.

However, we can be sure that God is there looking out for our good at all times.  Let’s look with our eyes of faith on the promises of God and let them be the encouragement we need to face this life with all its ups and downs.

Prayer
Father in heaven, thank you that you are always with me.  That you are looking for my good at all times.  Even the times when I hurt or am afraid, you are there working all things into a blessing.  Thank you for the encouragement of this knowledge.
Amen

Study by David Stirk 

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