Words from the Heart for Thursday July 27, 2017
Praise the Lord, 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 103:2-5 (NIV)
Forget Not All His Benefits
There are so many, many things on the list of what the Lord has done. We are totally indebted to Him. He brings so much change into our lives when we accept Him. Keep your own list of these wonderful “benefits” of committing your life to Him.
Those of us who were born in Canada and have always held a Canadian passport can take for granted the benefits of traveling with a Canadian passport. According to the website immigroup.com, holding a Canadian passport has many benefits. One of them is to be able to travel freely to the majority of countries all over the world. According to the Henley Visa Restrictions Index 2013, Canadians can visit 170 countries and territories without a visa, or obtain one upon arrival. Travelers from many of the world’s countries must hold a hard to obtain entry visa to get into these countries. There are other benefits. Those with Canadian citizenship, a necessity in order to get a Canadian passport, are free to travel and work anywhere in Canada and can leave Canada and return whenever they like.
We live on the Gospel side of history. We can read all about what Jesus did in the four Gospels and The Acts of the Apostles. He forgave, healed, redeemed, drove out demons and fed the crowds. He taught and corrected and His followers loved all that He did in their lives. While this is New Testament teaching, we see God clearly at work in the Old Testament. And David records all that God had been doing in Psalm 103:2-5: “Praise the Lord, 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.” David beautifully lists all that God had done for him in the past. David had found himself in the pit of sin and guilt and God had lifted him by grace from that place. He continued to strengthen David spiritually and physically and had strengthened him time after time, even as he was becoming an older man and should have not had the stamina that he did. We don’t know what David was facing when he wrote this Psalm, but he does a good thing in the midst of it. He remembers all that God has done for him in the past and by so doing, is encouraged. It’s a good model for us to follow too.
These have been words from the heart.