The psalmist David rang the bells of Thanksgiving in Psalm 103, exhorting himself, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.” It is on this plane that gratitude reaches its highest peak. Here we find it in the deepest emotions of the soul. The psalmist lists several areas in which he is thankful.
FIRST, he is grateful for salvation. “Who forgiveth all thine iniquities.”
There is no greater miracle known to man than the transformation of the soul. What a great power is this! Helpless man, habit bound by sin, calls upon God for mercy, and suddenly there occurs a soul shaking experience and he becomes conscious that his sins are forgiven. There is no greater joy, nor any mountain top experience that can surpass this.
THEN, he mentions sustenance. “Who healeth all thy diseases.”
A powerful Creator took the dust of the earth and set an intelligent being in the garden. A powerful preserver keeps that being in His care. The diseases of the soul and body are multitudinous but there is nothing greater than God. The power of a thousand Niagaras is at man’s disposal for his needs. God will bare His arm on his behalf or any emergency or crisis of life.
THEN, the psalmist speaks of safety. “Who redeemeth thy life from destruction.”
Multitudes will testify of the watchful care and providences of God over them. The air we breathe, the intelligence we have, the strength we possess, all our powers are benefits from His gracious hand. He watches over His own as a mother watches over her child. His concern knows no bounds. The enemies, that would rid man from the face of the earth, are held at bay by His mighty presence and power. Even when we are not conscious of it there is an eye that never sleeps watching protectively over him.
THEN, he mentions strength. “Who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies”.
There is no kindness like His kindness. No mercy like His limitless mercy. Who of His followers has not felt a surge of strength and power just when he needed it most? There is strength to go down when there are dark valleys of gloom to pass through, there is strength to go on when man has come to the end of himself. Best of all He assures us that He will be with us and not forsake us. This strength is the result of His attitude toward His own. That’s lovingkindness and tender mercies.
These are just a few of the marvelous benefits that are given to His children. What a blessing. I believe we have much for which to be thankful. What say you?
HAVE A BLESSED HOLIDAY SEASON AND A