The Book of Psalms is the most popular book in the Bible. It could be that it is the most popular because it is the book with the most chapters, but I believe that even if it was shorter, it would still be the most popular book in the Bible. I love reading the psalms because I can identify with his emotions.
In Psalm 100, David wants us to praise God so he begins with ‘make a joyful noise unto the Lord.’ Today, I want to look at Psalm 103 and focus on verse 2 NKJV. It says, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits.” A benefit is something that is good or helpful in our lives. We look for jobs with healthcare benefits and good vacation time. In the same way, God provides benefits for His children. David didn’t leave it there but he listed these benefits that demand our praise.
Well, verse 3 says, “Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases.” We need to be thankful because we have been forgiven by God. It’s not something God did but given time we could do it ourselves. Titus 3:5 NASB tells us, “He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we did in righteousness, but in accordance with His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit.” What a benefit and definitely a reason to praise God.
David mentions many more benefits that we receive from the hands of God. Yet, many times we have difficulty praising God for the good things He has lavished on us because we take them for granted. We don’t recognize His goodness and mercy. I recently saw a video when a priest was driving to church and another car flew over his car. The other driver suffered a seizure behind the wheel. God redeemed this man’s life from destruction. (verse 4) He had no idea what happened until the police came to see him and showed him the video. We have no idea how many times God redeemed our lives from destruction so let us do like David and bless the Lord.
Thought for Today: Friend, be grateful for God’s benefits.
Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.