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)
I don’t ever want to forget. I want always to remember all that you have done for me. I don’t want to be thoughtless. I don’t want to be callous. I don’t want to be forgetful. I want to think deeply about all that you have done for me. I want to return to give you thanks and praise for your many blessings. You have given me so much. You have richly blessed my life. How? How have you blessed my life? Yes, that is my question. I’m sure you know. Yes, I do know. It will be a good thing for you to remember all that I have done for you. Do you have a specific reason in mind? Yes, I do. But, you tell me why it is a good thing for you to remember all that I have done for you.
You like to hear me express my thanks and praise to you. Acknowledging your love and compassion is one way for me to tell you that I am relying on you. I know that my help comes from you. I have not redeemed my life from the pit. I did not pull myself off the road that led away from you. I could do nothing to earn your forgiveness. I could not scrub myself clean of my unrighteousness. I could not heal my own diseases. I could adopt myself into your family. Only you could make me to be your child. You have lavishly and generously demonstrated your compassion and love to me. That’s true. You have heard my prayers. You have both given and granted the desires of my heart. Like what? What desires of your heart have I given and granted? It is the desire of my heart to live in an intimate relationship with you. I want to love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I want to live my life with and for you. I want to know you. I want to listen to your voice. I want to go where you guide me. I want to do what you ask of me. In every way, I want to do what is pleasing to you. I also want to give all my thanks and praise to you. I want to acknowledge every way that you have blessed my life. None of these desires have come from me. No, they have not. You have both given and are granting these desires in my heart. Yes, I am.
Lord, you have done so much for me. I almost don’t know where to begin to give thanks and praise to you. Except, I know I can start with your biggest gift. You have forgiven my sins and cleansed me of all my righteousness. You redeemed my life from the pit. Amen
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