However many blessings we expect from God, His infinite liberality will always exceed all our wishes and our thoughts. - John Calvin
Winter’s first cold morning liberated my heavy coat from eight months of solitary confinement in a dark closet. As I put my hand into the pocket, I discovered seven wrinkled dollars.
The money was mine, I just forgot that it was available to me. The bills were always there, but I failed to use them and benefit from their value. Unfortunately, we forget much more than seven dollars. We often forget the blessings God has for us.
David wrote, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not his benefits.” (Psalm 103:2)
And what are those benefits we tend to forget? The rest of Psalm 103 catalogs a litany of amazing benefits. I’ll just highlight a few:
Who forgives all your iniquity. (v. 3)
Who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy. (v.4)
The Lord is merciful and gracious. (v.8)
He does not deal with us according to our sins. (v.10)
As far as the east if from the west, so far does he remove our transgression from us. (v.12)
Remember the amazing benefits God provides for us. If we forget not His benefits, like this Psalm’s opening and closing lines, we too will say, Bless the Lord, O my soul!
Author & President
Refueling in Flight Ministries, Inc