2 Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all His benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
~ Psalm 103 ~
Psalms 103 reminds us of God’s benefits to us:
i. He forgives us our sins
ii. He is the one who heals our diseases
iii. He has saved us from the pits in our lives
iv. He crowns us with love & compassion
v. He satisfies our desires with good things
vi. He renews our youth
The past year has been world-shattering but there are still things that I can be thankful for. It can take a lot of effort to get through the pain but I for one can attest that it gets a little easier each day to be thankful and through thanksgiving comes a little more healing. All I can say is that His grace is sufficient.
God’s word brings me much comfort and the knowledge that God is faithful helps me to press on through the challenges that come my way daily. I read Psalm 103 this morning and here’s what it says:
As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
For the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
And its place remembers it no more.
But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children,
To such as keep His covenant,
And to those who remember His commandments to do them.
The 2nd half of the passage is where God’s character shines through most. It’s taken me almost a lifetime to learn this; but I finally understand that true hope & strength comes very much from a dependance on God in His character rather than ourselves.
Having hope does not depend on our circumstances and even if things don’t go our way, we can trust that God has good plans for us. The hard part I guess is letting go of the things we want to receive the better thing that God has for us because we can’t see beyond the here and now.
I’m learning very much to trust God and I guess I hope that as I walk this journey I would be able to pass on what I have already discovered to others so that they too can discover more about God.
Will you come on this journey with me?