Saturday, July 4, 2009

Psalm 103:2

Psalm 103:2 Bless the Lord, O my soul: and forget not all his benefits: (KJV)

Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits- (NIV)

I am sure most, if not all of you, have heard some version of the phrase – “When you’re feeling down, remember to look up.” Look up to where? To God, of course. There is much healing that can occur if we take time to think of all the blessings God has given us.

In our verse for this week, the psalmist reminds us to bless or praise God for all his benefits. Then David lists many things that we can praise God for. When we focus on the many ways God has blessed us, our attitude changes. We become more thankful and our spirits are lifted. In this psalm David says we need to praise God because he forgives our sins, heals our diseases, redeems our life from destruction, gives us love, shows us compassion, gives us the food we need to be healthy and so on. I particularly like what he says in verse 10 – “he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.”

We often get overwhelmed in this life with busyness, tragedy, grief, selfish desires, illness, loss, trouble and even more. We need an antidote to help us through these difficult times. Praise of God can provide us with what we need. It can help us experience healing and help us to survive the difficulties in this world.

The next time you feel at a loss or overwhelmed with trials and troubles, try the psalmist’s cure and praise God for all he has done for you. Go to Psalm 103 and read David’s list of the benefits that God has provided for you, then thank God for them and praise His name. I feel sure you will feel much better.

Thank you Lord for your Word found in the Bible!

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