Scripture

Psalm 103:1-2

1 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 - 

Reflection

We finish this week where we began on Monday. We pause to “forget not all his benefits” recognizing our tendency towards forgetfulness. I hope you met our shared goal of naming 50 things you are thankful for over the course of this week. If not, take some time today to finish off that list.

When you finish, take a few minutes to look back over everything that you have written down. Think about why you listed each name, relationship, situation, or circumstance. How have each of these things enriched your life?

Think today about how you might continue to remember these blessings you have named. Will you post this list in a place of prominence? Will you put it in your Bible where you can review it again in the future?

And what could you do to keep this practice incorporated into your daily routine? If you started every day the way you have this past week, what could you reasonably expect to be different about your future?

Whatever answers you find or insight you gain, keep these two simple verses in your heart and mind.

Your entire being was crafted and created to honor and praise your Creator. Life begins to make so much more sense as we live into this purpose and identity. Without it, we cannot help experience life in a fog of confusion. Praising God is what you and I were born to do.

And at the center of this identity is the call we find in Psalm 103:2.

Don’t forget.
Don’t you ever forget.
Always, always, always remember the benefits and blessings of God in your life.

For when you do, you cannot help but do exactly what you were born to do… to praise and honor God.

Prayer

In an attitude of prayer and out of the joy of knowing Christ alive in you, worship God today with the words of Psalm 103.

 

Psalm 103

1 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.
6 The Lord works righteousness
and justice for all the oppressed.
7 He made known his ways to Moses,
his deeds to the people of Israel:
8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
9 He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
14 for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.
15 The life of mortals is like grass,
they flourish like a flower of the field;
16 the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more.
17 But from everlasting to everlasting
the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children’s children—
18 with those who keep his covenant
and remember to obey his precepts.
19 The Lord has established his throne in heaven,
and his kingdom rules over all.
20 Praise the Lord, you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his bidding,
who obey his word.
21 Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts,
you his servants who do his will.
22 Praise the Lord, all his works
everywhere in his dominion.
Praise the Lord, my soul.