Psalm 103:2-3 Don’t Forget The Benefits

Sun dawn bright

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. 

Psalm 102:25-26 This World Is Temporary, God Is Not

Footprint in the sand

In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Psalm 102:25-26 

Over time a person can watch the changing of the earth in small ways. Rivers wear down the banks, making it wider. Small hills are leveled down from erosion. Cliffs break off into the sea.

These are minute changes that can be physically seen within the lifetime of a person. Scientists often claim that the world will have to come to an end some day. While their reasoning may be off, the fact that the world will come to an end some day is true.

Just like the earth, people also will come to a physical end some day. The body wears down and eventually dies.

The author of this psalm recognizes that everything God has made will wear out and perish, but God will remain. God does not change, nor does He come to an end. He will remain for eternity.

Many people fear the end of the earth and death. They do not know what is next. God has provided for what is next. Sending Jesus, He provides a way to have life after the physical death on this earth.

Knowing that God remains forever can bring peace to the heart and mind of a person who believes in Him. God has provided for a way to man to live forever also. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, every person can live for eternity, long after the destruction of this world.

God does not change as this earth does. He does not wear down and die off, He remains for eternity. This can give the believer a hope, despite the wearing down of this world.

Instead of fighting for things of this earth, that will wear down and fade away, you can live for God and aim for things that last for eternity. Seek His perfect love in your life. Love will never fade away or die off, it is eternal.

See to bring others to Jesus by being His witness. Their souls are eternal and need eternal life in them. Do not focus or fear the temporary things of this earth. Everything temporary will fade away soon.

Put all of your trust in God and not this earth. In the end you will have eternal life beyond this earth.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the life God has for you; that God will remove the fear of temporary things on this earth; and that you will be a witness for Jesus.

Psalm 101:2 Being Careful

Mirroring Water

I will be careful to lead a blameless life–when will you come to me? I will conduct the affairs of my house with a blameless heart. Psalm 101:2 

It is common to hear of people whose lives look great in the public world, but are horrible in the home. Inside the home, behind closed doors there is often abuse, lies, cheating, and more.

This occurs because most people think that no one can see or know about what is happening behind the closed doors.

Those who live like this, will often begin to live in the same way in the public life. If they cheat or lie in the private home, they will do the same in the public world. Often these actions are excused and accepted by many, except by those who are hurt by the actions.

In the psalm, the write states that he will conduct his private affairs with a blameless heart. He will strive to make sure that there is nothing that he can be blamed on.

There are many in the church who are living in the same way as the world. During church, they live and speak as a believer, but in the private of their homes, they live in perpetual sin.

Being private can be in the physical home or in the mind. Thoughts and physical actions occur that are sin. Sadly it is common to hear of abuse, both physically and mentally, inside of Christian homes. Often it is heard of ministers or leaders in the church who have been caught in a private sin, destroying their ministry.

Believers must strive to live a blameless life, no matter where they are. Jesus said that what is said in private will be broadcast in the open. Private sins will be revealed in the end.

In your private life, both in the home and your mind, what are you living? If someone where to take a look at it and judge it, would there be purposeful sin?

Many believers talk about the grace of God and that they are free to live life. This is true, but not to sin. You must flee all sin and strive to live a blameless life. Jesus did not forgive you so that you can go and sin again.

Allow God to take control of your home and your mind. Change the way you act and think to mirror that of Jesus. Strive to live a blameless life because of what Jesus did for you.

I pray today that you will know the forgiveness Jesus provides; that God will reveal to you things you must change; that God’s Holy Spirit will guide you in living a blameless life; and that your thoughts and actions will be ones of God.