Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name. 2 Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all His benefits — 3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, 5 who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
We all love benefits. Benefit is an advantage or a profit gained from something. Wow! We have benefits as God’s children. Psalm 103 states that you do not forget them.
When one has a good job it means it has good benefits like medical aid, free this and free that. Those are benefits you get over and above your monthly salary. As children of God, we have many benefits, not just the ones mentioned in Psalm 103. It is His benefits to us.
He forgives all our sins. All of our sins! Jesus paid the price for our sins and so we are free. When we come to Him, I think that is our first benefit. We are washed clean from all unrighteousness by His blood and every handwriting that was against us He took and nailed it to the cross. He removed all evidence of our sins. There are no archives for them.
He heals all our diseases. By His stripes we are healed. There is no sickness that was not covered. He is the Lord our healer. He delivers us from the pit or grave or destruction. He looks out for us and makes sure we are not destroyed by the enemy. He sends His angels to encamp around us to deliver us when we are in trouble and also sends us help in many other ways. I have many testimonies of how God delivered me from destruction many times and I know you do too. What an amazing benefit. The Lord who created heaven and earth, who made all things is looking out for you. I feel so safe.
He crowns us with loving kindness and compassion. That is who he is. He is compassionate, full of loving-kindness and He is slow to anger. It is His kindness that leads us to repentance. He has mercy on us. He remembers we are dust and we are weak and so He feels compassion for us. That is why He sent Jesus to die for us. He renews our youth. Jesus came to give us abundant life. He brought life instead of death.
Blessed be the Lord who daily loads us with benefits. Psalm 68:19
Lord thank you so much for the benefits we have in You as your children. Thank you for loving us so much that You give us more than we deserve. Help me not to forget the benefits and to be always thankful for them in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen