All His Benefits
Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits.
A recurring difficulty on our journey of life is becoming so focused on what we need at the moment that we forget what we already have. I was reminded of that when at church we sang a beautiful hymn based on Psalm 103. “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits” (v 2). The Lord is our forgiver, healer, redeemer, provider, satisfier, and renewer (v 4-5). How could we forget that? And yet we often do when the events of daily life shift our attention to pressing needs, recurring failures, and circumstances that seem out of control.
The background of Psalm 103 is unclear, but what is clear is a desire on the part of David is to calls us to remember, “The Lord is compassionate and gracious . . . He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him” (v 8,10-11).
In our walk of faith, we come to Jesus Christ, humbled by our unworthiness. There is no sense of entitlement as we receive His grace and are overwhelmed by the lavishness of His love. They remind us of all His benefits.
“Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name” (v 1).
Heavenly Father, I pause to consider all I have in You. Grant me eyes to see Your provision, and help me to remember every benefit You have given to us. Amen.