Psalm 103:2-5 Praise the Lord O 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
It is a powerful practice to remind ourselves and “not forget” ALL God’s benefits. His salvation is complete, all encompassing. It is a package deal, so don’t settle for less than the package!
Forgiveness is such a potent part of life. We need to keep it flowing, receiving it from God and giving it out to others so that our soul stays clear and clean. Is there such a thing as an “unforgivable” sin? Nope. Don’t forget that God offers forgiveness for ALL your sin.
Healing from illness is something every human needs regularly too. It is right there in the same thought as sin, part of the package. Jesus shed His blood to keep us clean from sin (sacrament of wine at Eucharist), but He also allowed his body to be broken to keep us free of disease (sacrament of bread). Every time we receive communion together as Christ’s body we are making sure we don’t forget God’s benefits. Is there such a thing as an “unhealable” disease? Nope. Don’t forget that God offers healing for ALL disease.
Redemption is such a powerful concept. No matter how low we feel, at the end of our ability, we’ve messed everything up too badly, it is never beyond God’s power to bring us back to a fulfilling life. God is a restoration expert. You are not beyond repair and a comeback.
Compassion is desperately needed by the world. The love and compassion we sometimes find hard to generate can be simply put on us by God (like a crown is placed on someone’s head). Lacking compassion? Ask God to crown you with more today. It is part of the package.
Satisfaction is sometimes elusive. It seems like the more you chase it, the less you find it. Entertained to boredom, amused to distraction, on our fifth career or our thirtieth short course looking for meaningful pursuits. God can help you to find that deep satisfaction inside with where you are right now. Ask Him to show you how.
Renewal means that you never get jaded and cynical and “over it”. Imagine the person at work who is still enthusiastic about their projects, and still being innovative after decades in the job. Imagine getting older without getting exhausted and ill. I want to age gracefully, and still be functional and engaged when I am a grandparent and a great grandparent. It’s part of the package.
Take some time and remind yourself of ALL these benefits, so you don’t forget.