1BLESS (AFFECTIONATELY, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul; and all that is [deepest] within me, bless His holy name! 2Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul, and forget not [one of] all His benefits–;” /> >3Who forgives [every one of] all your iniquities, Who heals [each one of] all your diseases, 4Who redeems your life from the pit and corruption, Who beautifies, dignifies, and crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercy;” /> 5Who satisfies your mouth [your necessity and desire at your personal age and situation] with good so that your youth, renewed, is like the eagle’s [strong, overcoming, soaring]! Psalm 103:1-5 (Amplified Bible)
Like probably millions of other people, this morning I awaken with a laundry list of issues, problems, dilemmas, etc. that linger in the back of my mind as I attempt to go on with my day. Many of us are literally trying to wade through our own personal storms, while some have just recently been blown ashore from a major storm, and others are headed toward a storm. I think today about all of the hopes and dreams that I had when I was younger and so full of tenacity and I’m admittedly taken aback from those unrealized potentials. I think today about the eagerness to please the Lord and the optimistic fervor I held to make a difference for the kingdom, and I shudder at the missed moments I allowed in response to the same. Of course then my mind wanders to my present woes and circumstances – my physical, financial, emotional, and spiritual shortcomings and, like many others, I feel a little disconnected from my purpose. But God…..God has a way of turning even your sour moments sweet and palatable. Psalm 103 is a way out of the rut, a way out of the despair that the enemy wants you wallow in. The psalmist gives us a remedy out of the funk. Bless – affectionately and gratefully praise the Lord – deep down in your soul – that’s with everything that is within you – your whole being! Bless His HOLY name. The Lord is Holy! He is a waymaker, He is a storm breaker, He is a redeemer and He is a Deliverer! With everything that is within me I want to give Him praise – I want to offer Him blessings from my inner being. I may not be where I wanted to be in this stage in my life, I may not have done all the things that I had hoped to do and I may not have all the things I had hoped to have – but I cannot forget NOT ONE of his benefits toward me! He saved me and delivered me from a life of sin – He seated me in heavenly places and calls me a child of His and Jesus the Deliverer is right now on the right hand of the Father continually making intercession for me! I am blessed! I am fearfully and wonderfully made and I am positionally placed in Christ as a joint-heir to the Kingdom of God!
The Lord knows my shortcomings, He knows my sinful nature and my stinky ways – but He forgives EVERY one of my iniquities, He promises to Heal each and every one of my diseases! He redeemed me from the pit and corruption of sin and adorns me with his lovingkindness and tender mercy! I love the last verse because it says He satisfies your mouth – your necessity and desire at your personal age and situation – no I can’t go back and fix or undo what I’ve done – yes, I may be disappointed that I haven’t done what I had planned – but He will renew me – He will make me strong and overcoming like an eagle – I will soar! And guess what He will do all of this – In Spite of Me!
The storm may be brewing, raging or diminishing in your life – you may look back today at all the things you’ve left undone. Life may have thrown you some serious blows and this morning you are unsatisfied – But I guarantee that if you would take your eyes off of your circumstances and commit yourself to blessing the Lord – affectionately and gratefully praising Him for His lovingkindness and mercy – for all of His benefits toward you – He will satisfy your mouth with good and cause you to soar – In Spite of YOU!
c/2008 Candie A. Price