The Lord’s Benefits – Psalm 103

A Psalm of David.

103 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, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:2-5 NKJV

Psalm 103 reminds us of the many blessings we have received from the Lord. 

When we take a moment to look back over our lives, we can see the many hardships we have experienced.  Difficult challenges, loss and pain, illness, suffering, and for some, even abuse.  But Psalm 103 reminds us of the many blessings God has also given us each moment of every day. 

Though He permits some extremely difficult events or conditions to come our way, He also remains by our side throughout them, bringing us safely through.  He often heals our diseases, using both good doctors and medication or even miraculous cures to do so.  For that benefit, we are extremely thankful.

With God’s help to open our eyes, we can recognize our own negative contributions towards humanity’s condition.  This is known as sin, acting in an ungodly, unloving way towards another, towards God, or even towards ourselves.

According to Webster’s dictionary, the word iniquity means “gross injustice, wickedness or sin”.  We tend to look at ourselves as innocents, and in any conflict, we usually assign all blame to others.  But when God opens our eyes, we can see that we usually played at least some small part in offences or broken relationships. 

Psalm 103 assures us that even during our ugly behavior, God loves us and wants to forgive us.  He will freely do so as we come to Him in repentance, turning away from our sin.  He then asks us to love and forgive others, and where possible, to make amends for the wrongs we have done (Luke 19).

Some of us have strayed into addiction and may remain trapped there to this day.  Psalm 103 tells us that the Lord will redeem our life from the destruction we have brought or are bringing upon ourselves.  He will renew our youth, and give us a new joy and energy to enjoy His creation, one that we might have overlooked for decades.

There are other benefits. We all have favorite meals – the favor of the Lord made those possible.  He satisfies our mouth with good things. And He will give us our daily bread today, as well.

The lovingkindness and tender mercies of the Lord are all around us, even now.  May you take in and enjoy His many benefits for you today!

Reflection

Psalm 103 reminds me of a friend named Irving.  He excitedly shared it with me as we drove to a prison ministry together two decades ago.  He then blessed my old car and told me it would last a long time if I kept doing the Lord’s work.  It lasted.

What blessings of the Lord are you most thankful for?

Where do you need a blessing today?  I ask the Lord to listen to your petition, granting it in Jesus’ name. Amen!

Thought for the day: Gratitude is the antidote for self-pity.

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