Remember God’s Benefits

Psalm 103:2-5 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.

Sometimes remembering can bring us pain.  Other times it can bring us a thankful heart for the experiences we have had.  There are things in our past that we should forget, but there are also things in our past that we should never forget.  It would be a very healthy practice to remember daily all the things the Lord has done for us.  In the above Psalm David wrote to himself.  “Praise the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits”.  Perhaps he was reminding himself of these things because he was in a trial himself at the time and his mind was being flooded with negative things.  When we are going through a hard time it is easy to forget the good things because we are so focused on the present.

But David must have caught hold of his thoughts and penned these words as an encouragement that God was good.  He had never failed him in the past so why should he fail him now?  He remembered how God had forgiven even his vilest sins.  He remembered the times he had felt His healing touch.   He remembered when he had slipped into a pit and the Lord rescued his life with love and compassion.  He remembered the times when God had poured out blessings and when He had renewed his weaknesses with Divine Strength.  In these thoughts David took hope.  Whatever the current circumstance, David knew that God would again not fail him.

How about you today?  Is your mind so flooded with the present trial that you are failing to remember the Lord’s goodness to you?  I encourage you to think on your past.  Think of all the times where God has forgiven even your worst sins.  Think about the times he has healed you or rescued you from the pit of a circumstance. Remember how much love and compassion he has shown you over the years.  Think about what your life was like without Christ.    He did not fail you back then and he will not fail you today.  Whatever your circumstance God will be faithful again to meet your need.  These are benefits enough to make you thankful for the rest of your life.