Forget Not His Benefits

March 20, 2020
Welcome to day 3 of our COVID-19 Connection Series!

I would love to know what you and your family are doing while we are social distancing ourselves to slow down the spread of the coronavirus. Shoot me an email or text message at grace2u4@gmail.com

I want to remind all of us that what we see happening around us, and what we hear in the News is temporary – there is a Biblical statement for that – “it came to pass. Those four words are found some 100 times in the New Testament.

Have you been enjoying the sunshine? I have! I actually walked around outside yesterday without a winter jacket on. It was so nice! Those days will be back sooner then we think, and everyone will once again be enjoying the rivers, mountains, and lakes. We are so blessed to live in the Pacific Northwest. So much beauty around us.

Prayer Time – Pause for Prayer. (Send us your prayer requests).

Our WORD from the Lord today is found in Psalm 103. Why don’t you grab your Bible and follow along as we look at this wonderful section of Scripture? I’ve entitled this word of encouragement: Forget Not His benefits

The heading above this chapter in my Bible reads: Praise for the Lord’s Mercies. We also discover that it is: A Psalm Of David.

Question: Over the past week have you found yourself complaining, or counting your blessings? Upset at what you see, or grateful for what you possess? Well today I want to talk to all of us about the many blessings (benefits) we receive from having a personal relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ.

   I. The Challenge – To Bless the LORD – vs. 1-2

   My challenge for us during the COVID-19 Series is to practice verse 1 and 2 of Psalm 103. Let’s read verse 1 first, 

1    Bless the Lord, O my soul;

And all that is within me, bless His holy name!

   The word “Bless” in Hebrew means an act of adoration, kneel (down), praise, salute, to thank.

   The “soul” is the seat of your emotions. Think this through. Our emotions usually follow our mindset and what we say with our mouth usually is played out in our lives. Negativity breeds negativity, and positivity breeds positivity! Here is the point: Bless God and your emotions will follow!

   Now, take a look at verse 2, we read,

2    Bless the Lord, O my soul,

And forget not all His benefits:

  Again for the second time we are told to “Bless the LORD, O my soul,” Notice that “LORD” is fully capitalized. This means that David is writing about Jehovah, the self-Existent or Eternal God.

   Suggestion: Write down at least one thing every day until this pandemic is over that you can “Bless the LORD” for. What can you praise God for, give God thanks for?

   Take a look at part two of verse 2. We are told very specifically, “And forget not all His benefits:

  • To forget means to mislay, to be oblivious of, to put out of memory.
  • Benefits speaks of God’s gracious acts of good will, that which He has given, or reward.
   II. The Benefits – vs. 3-5

   What were God’s benefits for David and His people? Take a look at verses 3-5, we read,

3    Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases,

4    Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,

5    Who satisfies your mouth with good things,So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 

   Did you catch God’s benefits in those verses? There are six benefits:   

  1. Forgiveness – God forgives all your sins
  2. Healing – God heals all your diseases
  3. Redemption – God redeems your life from destruction
  4. Love – God crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies
  5. Satisfaction – God satisfies your mouth with good things (Chocolate for some, steaks for others).
  6. Renewal – So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

   We SOAR above all problems when we keep our mind on the benefits of knowing and loving God (See Isaiah 40:30-31). Over the next few weeks I want to encourage us to keep your mind on all the benefits (gracious provisions) from God.

   Now, what I want to do is to read to you about the character of our God. Our God is unlike any other god (little “g”) that people in world religions worship. We get a beautiful picture of our God as David experienced Him. We read, starting in verse 7,

6    The Lord executes righteousness And justice for all who are oppressed.

7    He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.

8    The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.

9    He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever.

10   He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities.

11   For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;

12   As far as the east is from the west, (notice it doesn’t says, north and south) So far has He removed our transgressions from us.

13   As a father pities his children, So the Lord pities those who fear Him.

14   For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.

15   As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.

16   For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, And its place remembers it no more.

17   But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting (Eternal God)

On those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children,

18   To such as keep His covenant, And to those who remember His commandments to do them.

19   The Lord has established His throne in heaven, And His kingdom rules over all. (Remember God is Sovereign over everything) 

   In light of who our God is – what is the required response?

  1. Angels are to bless the LORD – v. 20

20   Bless the Lord, you His angels, Who excel in strength, who do His word,

Heeding the voice of His word.

  1. Hosts are to bless the LORD – v. 21 (God’s armies)

21   Bless the Lord, all you His hosts, You ministers of His, who do His pleasure.

  1. Creation is to bless the LORD – v. 22a

22a  Bless the Lord, all His works,In all places of His dominion.

  1. People are to bless the LORD – v. 22b

   22b Bless the Lord, O my soul! This is David who wrote this Psalm

  • But this also includes all of us.
  • Remember the word “Bless” in Hebrew means an act of adoration, kneel (down), praise, salute, to thank.

   FREEBIE: Who likes freebies? I have a freebie for you today. Go to our church webpage: slbc2u.com, and under resource section in the menu bar look for the “My Blessings List” handout. Download your copy and begin to keep track of all the things you would like give God praise for, thanks for, or just appreciation for.

   Remember, we’re in touch, so you be in touch.