Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits–who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, Psalm 103:2-3
Benefits are things that help a person out. Some benefits are very large and can be seen all the time very well, while others can still be great, but are not as openly seen.
Some companies will have side benefits that a person can take part of if they work with the company. Benefits such as discounts with certain stores. When a person begins to work with the company, he will be told about all the benefits, but often will forget them later on. This forgetting occurs because he either never uses or rarely uses the benefit.
David tells himself to praise the Lord and to not forget the benefits of Him. He then begins to list several benefits of God. The first is that He forgives all sins, then He heals all diseases.
Being forgiven of sin can become such a commonplace thing in the life of a believer, that he can forget about what a great benefit that is. That is probably the greatest benefit of following Jesus.
Without forgiveness, one cannot get into heaven at all and have eternal life. Without forgiveness, one cannot know the peace of God in his life. Without forgiveness, all one can look forward to is death and destruction.
Believers will often forget about being forgiven. They will either condemn themselves because of some past sin, forgetting that they were forgiven, or they will ignore the forgiveness and stay in the sin.
Jesus paid the price for all sin, so that every person can be forgiven and healed. One should keep that at the forefront of his mind. This will give him strength to keep living for God when things get tough and the enemy is attacking.
The list of benefits that you have in following God is enormous. When you begin to question God or are struggling in life, think about the benefits you have in Him. Think about how much Jesus has already done for you and will continue to do for you.
You have access to the power of God in your life each and every day because you have been forgiven and been made a child of God. You get all the benefits of heaven and God each and every day.
As you think about these benefits and more, praise God. Give Him praise for His great love for you and His benefits to you.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the benefits of God in your life; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus offers you; and that you will praise God every day.