Psalm 103:1-5 (ESV) 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, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Oh that the blessing of the Lord would be the fruit of our lips every single day. From dawn until dusk, praising the faithfulness and goodness of God that is ours without reservation. It might just change our whole perspective if for a moment our eyes followed the path forming our arrival to this moment rather than always looking for the next. Or maybe it is the temptation to compare our journey to that of another to find something good in us rather noble that makes us worthy of the Love of God and His Mindful Care and Constant Concern. Oh how many times do I forget the depraved wretch that I am is completely changed only by the Living God who resides in me? Bless the Lord, O my soul… forget not all His Benefits, Who forgives all your (my) sin, Who heals all your (my) diseases, Who redeems my life from slavery and bondage to sin and all the emotions wrapped up in it, Who crowns me with steadfast love and mercy of which I am incapable, and finally the one who satisfies me with His Goodness. In fact, He pursues me with it daily. (Psalm 23) Oh what an awesome God I serve…lest I forget.
Perspective is everything when it comes to revelation. Our position often dictates our knowledge and understanding of life. When our perspective or position change, so does our evaluation of the situation. For example, when I was the one kneeling at the altar, weeping sorrowful tears of regret, shame and desperation, it was the faithfulness of God that wrapped His Presence around me to console me, clean me, refresh and renew me right then and there. My heart exploded in that moment and all the tiny pieces of shrapnel caught by God to begin work on the masterpiece that He had in store. The Lord is good. I will bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is with me, will bless His Holy Name!
With this in mind, I was saved at 11 years of age. I gave my life to the Lord completely when I was 33. Twenty-two years of wandering in and out of wilderness looking for my identity in life until I finally found myself if Christ. I share this to say it is all too easy to forget the journey that brought us to this place. For most it didn’t happen early in life or if it did there were still past mistakes and possible failures that drove us to the darkness. It is human nature to hide our sin. To excuse our illness or disease to a way of life and suffering our cross to bear. However, I must remind you today lest I forget or even we forget – our completeness in Christ is solely dependent on the faithfulness and lovingkindness of God demonstrated in the sacrifice of His Son and fully manifested in His Grace alone which is deemed sufficient. What do I mean? Sometimes…we…you…I forget.
Proverbs 3:1-4 (ESV) My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.
God’s Word for your life can really be summed up in two sentences. Love God. Love others. Truly if our goal in life is to fulfill these two commandments, then every other piece of truth and knowledge becomes quite easy. Do not forget how simple this Gospel of love and light really is. If I love God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit – I will hate sin. If I love others, I won’t have much time to harm them, talk about them or look down on them. The forgetfulness of humanity is not in our humility but pride. The part of us hidden deep inside that just cannot fully accept it is incapable of saving itself. Doing something to earn its life back. Pride often overshadows the love that is needed to build the church and form the bride that Christ will come for. Altars are empty. Why? Pride fills the room blocking the entrance to God’s Presence. Oh Lord, do not let me forget.
Psalm 103:11-13 (ESV) For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
It is important to bless the Lord each day. To sing thanksgiving, praises and worship the Lord in all we do. He has forgiven us of sin. Washing it in the flowing Blood of His Son, Jesus. Who on the third day rose again conquering death and the grave to hand over to us the keys to His Kingdom. It is also imperative to review our benefit package provided by Jesus lest we forget what exactly it is that He has promised and where it can be found. I must not forget the journey though not to embrace the past but to remember the faithfulness of God and His Lovingkindness. Moving forward, I must not forget to extend the very same love, grace and mercy to others along the way. To meet them at the altar to pray. To remember them when petitioning to the Lord. To not compare our life to theirs but choose to console them the same way others have held tight to us. To be the hands and feet of the Lord in my daily interactions. God has given us His Steadfast Love. It doesn’t end. It doesn’t change. It doesn’t even get stronger because it all belongs to us already. He is our security. To crucify our flesh when it wants to take control and exalting Jesus in our words, deeds, attitudes and actions especially when it comes to our brothers and sisters in Christ. Lest I forget…
Isaiah 54:4-5 (ESV) “Fear not, for you will not be ashamed; be not confounded, for you will not be disgraced; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more. For your Maker is your husband, the Lord of hosts is his name; and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer, the God of the whole earth he is called.”