“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)
Some folks seem to be born with an innate interest in math while others acquire an interest in elementary or secondary education. I was not one of those people! But there is one area I need to improve on … counting my blessings!
The field of mathematics finds its origin as the result of different kinds of problems as in agriculture, commerce, architecture, astronomy and extends far beyond these disciplines.
The Psalmist in our passage today is calling even today for each of us to do the hardest type of math or arithmetic … that of counting our blessings! What we must come to realize is that this is much more than some sort of sentimental exercise.
Obviously, we can’t even begin to number all of our blessings, but we must try, for in the trying we learn just how blessed we are in every aspect of our lives. The fact is, just as the nation of Israel was admonished regularly to “remember” the Lord and all that He had done and was doing for them … we need to be reminded regularly to pause and remember as well.
We serve the very same God which sat on high back in David’s day (Malachi 3:6). It is this same God, the only true and living God, who provides each of us daily those precious and wonderful gifts that we so desperately need (James 1:17).
Regardless of who we are … our station in life … our financial status … our family status … we have problems that need solving and issues that need to be resolved. We have sin to deal with along with its consequences and we have need for comfort, direction and mercy!
When our hearts are heavy with grief, pain, sorrow and disappointment … He is there to bless us! When our hearts are filled with joy and happiness … He is there to celebrate with us!
So here is our assignment for today: Read through Psalm 103:1-14. It will only take a couple of minutes and it will be an exercise for your heart, mind and soul that will lift you up, encourage you and strengthen you through every step of the day. Good reading … Good counting!
“But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep His covenant and remember to do His commandments.” (Psalm 103:17-18)
Bill Fairchild, Jr.
P.S. How are you doing on your daily Bible reading?