11 Apr OUR BLESSINGS, PROVISIONS AND BENEFITS IN CHRIST
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits” Psalm 103:2
Let us start with a general view of our many blessings and provisions. The book of Psalms captures many of such benefits that are available to us in God. We are the seed of Abraham so the blessings of Abraham belong to us. We have this access through our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We have a part to play and God plays His part as we play ours. Psalm 103:1-5, “Bless and affectionately praise the Lord, O my soul, And all that is [deep] within me, bless His holy name. Bless and affectionately praise the Lord, O my soul, And do not forget any of His benefits; Who forgives all your sins, Who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you [lavishly] with lovingkindness and tender mercy; Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the [soaring] eagle.” (AMPC).
Our benefits include forgiveness of sins, healing for all diseases, redemption from corruption and being crowned with loving kindness and tender mercy, amongst other things. Through our Lord Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross, we have access to these benefits. We however need to appropriate them into our lives and situations, otherwise they will not happen automatically. ‘Not to forget’ means ‘to remember’. In the Holy Communion, we are told to eat the bread and drink the cup in remembrance of our Lord Jesus and His sacrifice for us. What are we to remember? The benefits that are ours as a result of what He did for us. What we can remember we can re-live. As we remember these benefits we can experience them again and again.
SCRIPTURE READING: Deuteronomy 28:1-14, Matthew 26:26-28
PERSONAL APPLICATION: Do you know that participating in the Holy Communion is re-living what Jesus did for us on the cross? If you are trusting God for something, you can set aside some time everyday to partake of the bread and the cup. Use this as your point of faith to partake of every blessing you desire to experience.