All His Benefits
Have you ever watched an eagle soaring high in the sky and just thought about how powerful, majestic, and even peaceful they looked?
They did not start there, did they? They climbed against gravity and wind to get to the place where they could just ride the wind with their wings straight out, apparently, just taking in the scenery. The eagle is probably looking for food but, WOW! what a way to grocery shop!
Can you imagine soaring like that? What kind of strength does it take to get to those heights?
Today, we are looking at Verses 1-5 of Psalm 103. Please, click here and go back to yesterday’s post and read the entire psalm through at least once, then come back to today’s devotional.
Psalm 103:1-5 NIV
“Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name. 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.”
I hope you will let me know how God is using Psalm 103 in your life as we spend these few days in the chapter.
I, myself, am just overwhelmed by His great love for us… for me. Every single thing that David talks about in this chapter, is there because of God’s great love for us!
So, let’s get into Verse 1:
“Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name.”
Last time, I mentioned that Psalm 103 is Hebrew poetry. What I did not say is that psalms are songs written for the Israelites people to sing together in worship to the LORD.
This first section – Verses 1-5 – is the singer singing to himself. He is telling himself to praise the LORD from the deepest part of himself and why the LORD deserves his praise.
The Amplified Bible (AMP) says Verse 1 like this:
“Bless – affectionately, gratefully praise – the LORD, O my soul, and all that is [deepest] within me, bless His holy name!
This busy world tends to overwhelm the quiet wonderful things that God has for us. We need to stop and consider Him, who He is, who we are, and how He loves us. Then, we will have no choice but to praise Him!
“Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefites – …”
“Bless – affectionately, gratefully praise – the LORD, O my soul, and forget not [one of] all His benefits – …”
God has so very many benefits for us! How could we ever consider all of them. However, for the ones we do think about, we need to affectionately and gratefully praise Him! The more we grow in Him the more benefits we will be able to see in our lives.
“…Who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases…”
By itself, like this, this phrase, and the next 2 as well, could be taken as a question but of course, it is not. At this point, David has moved into listing some of God’s benefits.
I am so thankful that my sins are forgiven. From the brand new Christian to the one who has been a Christian for 50 years – we all still sin. God is still working on all of us, right where we are in the journey of being made like Jesus. That being said, we know we all sin and we can and should be so thankful for God’s forgiveness!
You may be thinking about someone you knew who passed away with some terrible disease that God did not heal. It is amazing how we as Christians fight death so hard, but death in this life means we go to be with God in heaven. We receive ultimate healing then. It is God’s decision whether He heals a believer in life on earth or in life in heaven. But He definitely heals us.
“…Who forgives [every one of] your iniquities, Who heals [each of] your diseases…”
Iniquities = sins – as you probably already know.
“…Who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion…”
“…Who redeems your life from the pit and corruption; Who beautifies, dignifies, and crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercies…”
When you redeem a coupon you get the value of that coupon back.
Think about it, God redeemed us to get us back. He redeemed us – paid for our sins – and got us back. He got us back from the “pit”. Corruption is sin and the pit is death. According to Romans 6:3, the payment that we owed for our sin was death. Jesus Christ stepped in and paid that for us.
This brings to my mind the passage about the Fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23. As the Holy Spirit works to make us more like Jesus, His beauty shines through us.
A crown is a mark of royalty. Jesus Christ is the King of all kings. When we become His, He gives us a “crown” made up of loving-kindness and tender mercies. He identifies us as one of His family – His heirs.
“…Who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
“…Who satisfies your mouth [your necessity and desire at your personal age] with good; so that your youth, renewed, is like the eagle’s [strong, overcoming, soaring]!
He satisfies our desires. By the way, we should keep in mind that the word “desire” in this context, is talking about the things that we desire that are within God’s will for our lives. “Good things” are only according to God’s will because anything that is outside of God’s will for us is harmful to us and not a good thing.
God can renew our energy even when we feel that we are done. When God gives you a “second wind” – you will be strong, overcoming setbacks and be able to soar above circumstances in His peace and exhilaration!
Make a List
Take a few minutes today and make a list of all the ways God is blessing you – all the benefits that He has put in your life. Look for them. They are there!!
Lord, thank You so much for Your Word and making it clear that You love each one of us. Thank You for all that You are doing in our lives. Please help us to let You have Your way in our hearts, without resisting You. Help us to know that Your way is always best and Your Word is where we will find Your way. Please make us all completely Yours and help us to glorify You in all we do. In Jesus beautiful name, I pray. Amen.
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