Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits– who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:1-5 (NIV)
This is more than a little troubling. This is where I dramatically fall short. Here is miss the mark by a wide margin. How so? I seldom take time to remember all that you have done for me. I don’t often stop to consider how you have so richly blessed my life. Why is that a problem? I know that ungratefulness is a sin. I know that failing to give you thanks and praise is not pleasing to you. I suspect that being ungrateful and unthankful is rooted in pride. How so? If I think that I have worked hard and earned something by my own efforts, why would I bother to give you thanks for receiving it? If I have come to expect good things to come to me because you owe me something, why would I bother to give thanks to you for what I deserved? If I am self-absorbed and in a flurry of self-centered activity, why would I ever find time to give you thanks and praise? None of these thoughts are true. Why not? Every good gift comes from you. I could start listing your good gifts to me and never stop. You have richly blessed my life. I have nothing that has not come from you. I am nothing that has not come from you. I will accomplish nothing that has not come from you. All that I am and all that I hope to be has come to me as a gift from you. Like what? For starters, you created me. You gave me life. You gave me a desire to love and follow and serve you. But, I screwed that up. I wandered away from you. I lived my life as if I didn’t want or need you. I walked on a path that led away from you. I led a bruised and battered and broken life. But, you redeemed me. You forgave my sins and cleansed my unrighteousness. You healed my bruised and battered and broken life. You pulled me from out a pit. You set my feet on solid ground. You rescued me from a life without you. You showed me your compassion. You showered me with your love. You restored me into a new relationship with you. You renewed me. You refreshed me. You revived me. You set my life on a new course of loving, following and serving you. Now, there is no place I would rather be than in your presence. Now, there is nothing I would rather do than serve you. That is very good.
What else do you want to do? I want to make it my regular pattern to stop to remember all that you have done for me. I want to regularly give you all my thanks and praise for all that you have done, are doing and will do for me. That will be very good.
Heavenly Father, I will never forget all you have done for me. You have forgiven my sins and redeemed my life. You have renewed me and healed my diseases. You have crowned me with love and compassion. You have generously satisfied me with good things. Amen
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