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)
Reflect And Remember
Do you take time to reflect and remember all I have done for you? Do you consciously consider how I have richly blessed your life? Do you remember that I have forgiven your sin and cleansed your unrighteousness? Do you know that I have healed what was your bruised and battered and broken life? Can you think back to when I redeemed your life? I pulled you out of a pit of muck and mire. I set your feet on solid ground. I have shown you my loving kindness. You have felt my compassion. You have received my mercy. Is it not true that I have richly blessed your life? Have I not satisfied your desires? Have I not revived, refreshed and renewed your life? Is all this lost and forgotten in the busyness of your life? Yes Lord, I will reflect and remember all you have done for me. It is true that the noise and busyness of my life could cause me to fail to remember all you have done for me. That would be tragic. That would be a huge mistake. That will not happen to me. Your great and many blessings fill me with gratitude. Your kindness and mercy and love fill my heart and mind and life with praise. Always do I want to be grateful. Always do I want to be thankful. Always do I want to give you all the praise and honor and glory you so richly deserve. That is very good.
There are a few things I know about praise. There is something more that I would like to say. Go ahead, I’m listening. I was meant to give you praise. Giving you praise is part of my make-up, it’s part of my being. If I want to live a healthy and whole and joyful life, I will give you praise. If I want my heart and mind and life to be revived and refreshed and renewed, I will give you praise. There is healing in giving you praise. There is hope in giving you praise. There is confidence and comfort and confidence in giving you praise. My faith is increased as I give you praise. My boldness to go and do what you ask of me is empowered as I give praise and thanksgiving to you. If I want to live in an intimate relationship with you, it will be filled with thanksgiving and praise. You know more than a few things about praise. Yes, and I will praise and thank you with all that is within me. That will be very good. Thank you, Lord. Praise you Lord.
Lord, I will take a pause. I will reflect. I will look back and remember all you have done for me. You have richly blessed my life. You have forgiven me. You have healed me. You have shown me your love and compassion. All praise and honor belong to you. Amen
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