May 27, 2012
- By Ed Powell
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"Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits." Psalm 103:2
How bountiful are the blessings and benefits of the Lord! Yet we forget so quickly the long-suffering, mercy, and grace He extends to us daily. We are so "taken up" with our time and interests that we find little time to "come apart" and reflect on the benefits of the Lord. Overcome with praise, David reflects on how gracious the Lord has been to him.
Who FORGIVES all your iniquities. "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9). "But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ" (Ephesians 2:4-5). The benefits of HIS REDEMPTION.
Who HEALS all your diseases. After being critically wounded in World War II, I had an operation on my arms and leg, which were almost blown off by enemy shrapnel. As I awoke from the operation, the doctor said, "We can bind up, but only God can heal." What a blessing those words were to me. The benefits of HIS MATCHLESS GRACE.
Who REDEEMS your life from destruction. Solomon wrote, "It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness" (Lamentations 3:22-23). The benefits of HIS FATHOMLESS MERCIES.
Who CROWNS you with loving-kindness and tender mercies. When my doctor told me that I had prostate cancer, the Lord gave me that comforting verse in Psalm 94:19: "In the multitude of my thoughts [anxiety, concern] within me, your consolations [tender mercies] delight my soul." How precious His Word was to me! Oh, the benefits of His concern, His care, His compassion. The benefits of HIS EVERLASTING PRESENCE!
Who SATISFIES thy mouth with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagles? In Psalm 107:9 we read, "For he satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness." He meets our every need. The benefits of HIS GOODNESS!
Who ACCEPTS us in the beloved, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, fellow citizens with the saints, and members of the household of God. We are His workmanship. The benefits of HIS UNCONDITIONAL LOVE!
The benefits of His comfort, His strength, His guidance, His peace, His joy, His hope, His protection, His wisdom, His security, His sufficiency! Only in eternity will we be able to adequately appreciate and praise the greatness of our God. We need only to stop and meditate on His infinite grace, and we will join David in continual praise and thanksgiving. "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits." I challenge you to take time to meditate on His benefits to you. Your heart will rejoice and abound with songs of praise, adoration, and worship! "I lift up my eyes to the hills. Where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth."
© 2007 by Ed Powell. Used by permission.
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