Thought for the day: Not only should we not FORGET all the Lord’s benefits, but we should REHEARSE all of His benefits OUT LOUD to ourselves and to others. Speaking about the benefits and blessings of the Lord keeps His presence at the forefront of our minds.
It’s too easy to lose sight of God’s greatness and goodness in our tiresome lives. It’s too easy to focus on everything that isn’t happening. So the Lord gave us a solution for our ingratitude and shortsightedness. In Psalm 103, He tells us to forget not all of His benefits. The opposite of forget is remember, right? But simply remembering His benefits in the solitude of our mind doesn’t create the atmosphere of God’s favor that speaking about His benefits does.
Have you ever been around a person who is talking about something great that happened to them? As they speak, you can see how they are reliving that situation in their minds as if they were there. The same is true for when we tell others about the things that God has done for us. As we relive His goodness and power, people can see that our God is real and moving on our behalf. A God who once was a theory in their mind now becomes the Living Wonder that He truly is.
And as far as it concerns us, I have noticed that when we lose sight of God’s benefits, we grow cold in our affection towards the Lord. But when we remind ourselves and others of what God has done for us, we refocus ourselves on the fact that the that God who poured out His benefits before can do it again.
So today, let’s open our mouths to our families and friends and tell them of the benefits that God has poured out. Ask the Lord to bring situations back to your memory and to give you opportunities to share testimonies of His care with people who need to be encouraged. You never know how the goodness that God has poured out in your life will bless someone else – and I KNOW it will certainly bless you!
And if you’re having trouble thinking of anything to applaud as a benefit, I recommend reading all of Psalm 103 where the Psalmist rehearses many of the benefits of the Lord. Those displays of God’s goodness, mercy and patience should never lose their luster in our affections; and if they have, repent for your hard-heartedness and ask the Lord where the root of bitterness has sprung up. He will show you, wash you up and restore the joy of your salvation!
Psalm 103:2 – Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits.
Psalm 116:12 – What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits toward me?
- Can you think of a time that God poured out His goodness and mercy upon your circumstances? Can you recall times when you could imagine the worst, called out to God for rescue and then watched Him work His wonders on your behalf?
- Do you ever spend time in prayer just thanking God for what you have rather than asking for something more?
- Do you know people who are discouraged and who don’t believe that God would ever want to do anything good for them?
Today, let’s make it a point to thank God for all we have instead of asking Him for anything more, Let’s exalt the ways that He has blessed us and create an atmosphere of His goodness around us that others can draw from. Amen!