“Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:” (Psalm 103:1, 2)
When a baby is born our emotions run high. There are huge smiles … giggles that are contagious … tears that express the wonderfulness of the moment. And then, if we are of the right mind to we exclaim, “God is so good!”
When we lose a loved one or close friend to death … there are sentiments expressed of how much we will miss them … recounting of their lives and the effect they had on us and others … and tears of sadness that we will not see them or feel them or be around them anymore this side of eternity. And then, if we are of the right mind to we exclaim, “Thank you God for their life and sharing them with us through the years!”
We understand these feelings and sentiments all too well. We all experience the darkness of agony, despair and the light of deliverance and hope for tomorrow. We all understand when deliverance, blessings and joy in our hearts cause us to exclaim, “Oh Lord, You are so good to us!”
For so many living in this world … it is just not always the case that they don’t believe in God! Surprised? Don’t be. Their lives are being lived as if God is for the most part, irrelevant to them.
Our adversary, the devil, is certainly talented and persistent in his efforts to capture and own our souls. One of his most effective tools is not disproving to our minds so much that God doesn’t exist as it is to persuade us to hold to the mindset that we really don’t need Him!
Enter King David of the Old Testament, second king of Israel. The Book of Psalms is such a wonderful Book for anyone of us to spend time in. Within its pages are found truths for 21st century mankind in dealing with the situations of life and living. Depending on your need at the moment, one can mine from this beautiful Book encouragement, strength and a deeper faith in God Himself that are more precious than any stone or gem of this world!!
I can choose to take my own emotional pulse every day and even within the hours that make up every day. And as I take that pulse, I can find words to address sorrow, disappointment, joy and a desire for a deeper faith in God and closer walk with Him.
Psalm 103 is one of those passages that I find myself going too very often. It was my mother’s favorite passage and it was read at her funeral service. So I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!
Overwhelmed with the goodness of God and His continuous blessings, David musters his emotions to find the words to truly express his love and gratitude to God!
Allow me to ask you this question: Have you stopped today to think about and then thank our Heavenly Father for all that He is and for all that He does for each one of us?
David says that he was straining his entire being … everything “that is within him” … to express his feelings, his love, his gratitude and his faith in God. His words could be safely described as words coming from “a man after God’s own heart.”
Do yourself a great favor and read through Psalm 103 and then stop to reflect on what you just read! If you need to, read it again and again and again! If we truly want to spend eternity with Him when this life is over, and it will be over one day, then let us increase the gratitude in our hearts for all that He is.
God is always willing and ready … always standing at our side through the good, the bad and the ugly! He wants to hear about our worries … He wants to comfort us in our sorrows … and He wants to share with us in all of our joy!
Will you tell Him just how much you love and need Him, today! To live in this world without God is a life I cannot imagine and never want to experience. Like the apostles request, “Lord, increase our faith.”
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10)