Bless the Lord!

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and with tender mercies; who satisfieth thy mouth with good things…

Psalm 103: 2-5a

The Lord is good and is worthy of our praise.  This should go without saying, but it is something that we often forget.  Sometimes it is good to sit back and think about all the Lord has given us and done for us.  Just look at this short list in the 102nd Psalm:

1. He forgives our iniquities.  In verse 12 of the same chapter is the great statement: “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us”.  Verse 10 states “He hath not dealth with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.”.  I am so glad that is in the Bible.  I’m so glad that God has not “dealt with us after our sins”.  I am a sinner by nature and a sinner by choice.  But He, through His mercy, has forgiven all my sins. 

2. He heals our diseases.  Of course, our main disease is sin.  He heals us.  A doctor may be able to set and help us to heal a broken bone, but He is the only one who can heal a broken spirit or a broken life.  We can take medicine for some diseases, but it is only the Great Physician  who can heal ALL our diseases.

3. He redeems our lives from destruction.  God is “angry with the wicked every day”, the Bible says.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- without God’s mercy, I would have been dead long ago.  He could have and rightfully should have destroyed me long ago.  But instead, He redeemed my life.

4. Crowns us with lovingkindness and tender mercies.  He is ever kind and merciful to us, who constantly disappoint Him and let Him down.  What more could we ask?

5. He satisfieth our mouth with good things.  God wants to bless us and help us and let us eat the good of the land, if we will just follow Him.  So many people think that living for the Lord would be so difficult and that they would have to give up the things they enjoy.  But the Lord is good- it is the way of the transgressor that is hard.  He satisfies us- something that no worldly pleasure could ever do!

When we think about the Lord and His wonderful blessings, how could we not say with the Psalmist: “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits”?

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