FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS…


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Psalm 103:1-5 – “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name.           2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits; 3 Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; 4 Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; 5 Who satisfies your years with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle.”  NASU

 

No, I am not talking about some casual sexual relationship but want to offer you a view of OUR GOD and HIS PROMISES or Our Friend and the Benefits He offers us.  The more I discover and experience God’s Promises the more I am amazed at God, our God, THE LIVING GOD, Creator of all things.  HE IS AMAZING!  This Psalm is so powerful it should be committed to memory and quoted multiple times each day to remind us of this Friend and His benefits.  Consider the Psalm with me briefly.

It begins with PRAISE, WORSHIP, and our BLESSING the LORD with our entire being, “all that is within me.”  This is more than a casual mental acknowledgment or verbal expression of Who God is but it is heartfelt and flows out of our “innermost being”.  It reaches to our core and gushes forth like an artesian well or a geyser.  This is how we should begin our day in ADORATION, WORSHIP, and PRAISE of the LORD our God!  We enter His gates with Thanksgiving and His courts with Praise. 

It transitions into REMEMBRANCE where we instruct our mind, heart, and soul – REMEMBER!  “Soul, you dare not forget any of His benefits!”  What are those benefits?  Pardon of ALL our iniquities.  That alone would be sufficient for us to be in a continual state and attitude of Praise to God.  FORGIVEN is the one word that I would want on my tombstone.  I don’t need to be remembered for anything else, those things that I have done will take care of themselves but as a testimony of God’s Love, Mercy, and Grace FORGIVEN is how I want to be remembered.  Heals ALL our diseases.  That is nothing short of amazing and while I cannot explain sickness or disease in believers the declaration of the Psalmist of a benefit of this friend is healing of ALL disease.  Therefore, I am perfectly comfortable with praying for healing for myself and others and expecting that to become a present reality and why I never pray, “If it be thy will, regarding sickness.”  I do not believe that God is the author of sickness but it is spawned from hell and is not meant to be part of the children’s bread.  Yes, believers get sick and some die from those diseases and I would never want to infer that I believe it is their fault or a lack of faith.  I would rather suggest that each of us focus on the benefits of God that include healing and encourage any sick to pray determinedly and earnestly for the fulfillment of the benefit.

As we move forward in the list of benefits we are not to forget we find an interesting one beginning in (v.4) – “Who redeems your life from the pit…”  The KJV translates that as destruction and the word means “a trap”.  God promises to redeem us from the ‘snares of the wicked.’   Remember Psalm 91?  Not only are we kept from or delivered out of the trap of the devil, no matter what that trap might be, God then “…crowns us with lovingkindness and compassion.”  WOW!  God’s favor, mercy, grace, peace, power, provision, and anointing is given to us.  We are CROWNED with it!  The Promise only grows stronger and more wonderful in (v.5) – “Who satisfies your years with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle.”  That is both wonderful and inspiring.  The KJV renders it “satisfies your mouth.”  God’s provision is in all things and we know from James 1:7 that “Every good and perfect gift is from above…”  They come from the Father.  So, one of the benefits of this friendship is GOOD GIFTS that satisfy our every need in life and a continual renewal of our strength like the molting eagle enabling him to soar year after year.

Jesus is our Friend who provides benefits that we must NEVER forget and should ALWAYS be thankful and offer Praise to Him.  May the Lord watch over you, guard and guide you on this day and bless your richly!

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