Forget Not His Benefits

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Do you know the promises of Psalm 103? Reflect on the Lord's benefits.

Pray:

Lord, because of Your goodness, my youth is renewed like the eagle. I will safely rest in You.

Read:

Psalm 103:1-22

Reflect:

What promises are contained in this Psalm?

That this psalm has been a reassuring comfort to so many is evidenced by the number of hymns and songs which draw upon its words. Examples include Henry Lyte's "Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven," Joachim Neander's "Praise to the Lord, the Almighty" and, more loosely, "Shout for Joy and Sing" by David Fellingham, a song which addresses God as our creator, deliverer, redeemer, healer, provider, shepherd and guide, Lord and King.

From personal experience, the writer understands the height, width, breadth and length of God's unfailing mercy towards human beings in their frailty and fallen condition. Even angels and archangels, who have no need of God's forgiveness, are called upon to join in praise of the Lord (20-22).

Not only is this a beautiful and tender psalm, but after recent reflections about the hard-heartedness of the audience Jeremiah sought to address, I am left thinking "If only..." If only their stony hearts and callous minds had opened up to God's overtures of love, how different their history would have been.

Apply:

Write a list of the Lord's benefits. Begin with those mentioned in the Psalm and include personal reflections.

Pray:

Lord, I exalt Your Name. I will speak of Your goodness and Your love. I will never let Your praise leave my lips.

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