“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Psalm 103:2-5
Folks living in rural areas are well acquainted with the expression, “Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise.” Uncertainty reigns if rains wash out the bridge on the road to town. In fact, life today (or in ancient Israel) becomes uncertain when overcome by floods of debts, ailments, conflicts, or troubles of any kind.
However, we can be encouraged in 2020 that the Lord has plans to help believers survive and thrive and that he provides a “future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11) We can bless—devotedly and gratefully praise—God and “forget not all his benefits.” Chapter 103 of Psalms details several gracious benefits and protective blessings.
God forgives our iniquity. Humanity is broken. All have sinned. Yet, Psalm 103:12 assures, “as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.” This is possible for believers because the “gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
God heals our diseases. God’s healing mercies are underscored throughout Scriptures. We read in Psalm 103:6, “The Lord works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.”
God redeems us from the pit. Salvation received through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross rescues believers from eternal punishment. Psalm 103:10 states, “He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.”
God crowns us with love and compassion. Psalm 103:11 affirms, “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear [reverence] him . . . .” As our father, God shows unfailing compassion to us.
God’s goodness renews our strength. We praise you, Father, that as we fervently seek you, we are revived and restored. We “shall mount up with wings like eagles” and we “shall run and not be weary.” (Isaiah 40:31) Thank you, God, for your goodness and bountiful benefits now and forever! Amen.
Kay Henry is a columnist for the Claremore Progress. All Bible quotations are from “The Holy Bible, English Standard Version” (ESV), unless otherwise noted.