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)
How are you doing? That is quite a broad question. Are you happy in life? Are you thankful and grateful for all I have done for you? Do you remember all I have done for you? Are you encouraged by all I have done for you? Is your faith growing stronger because you can recognize and remember all I have done for you? Do you have greater peace and hope and joy because all I have done for you is firmly fixed in your heart and mind? Now, I better understand your question. That is good.
So, how are you doing? You are doing well. Me, not so much. What do you mean by that? I have been making a serious mistake. How so? I have not recognized and remembered all that you have done for me. I have not continually given thanks and praise to you for all that you have done for me. I have not lived a life filled with gratitude. Why is that a serious mistake? Well, first I know that you desire that I give thanks and praise to you. You want me to be thankful and grateful. Yes, I do. What will happen to you if you are not thankful and grateful. What will happen to you if you lightly regard all I have done for you? What will you have less of when you fail to recognize and remember and give thanks for my many blessings on your life? I will have less hope and peace and joy when I don’t recognize and remember and give thanks and praise to you for all you have done for me. Why is that? I will forget how active and present you are in my life. I will lose track of how much you do love and care for me. That is true. What else? I will have less faith when I don’t recognize and remember and give thanks and praise to you for your many blessings. That is also true. Why is that? Recognizing and remembering how much you have been helping me in the past and present will give me greater faith to rely on you for my future. I will know, without a doubt, that you are with me to help me. You love and care for me. Your hand is on me. Your favor rests on me. Your kindness and mercy and love has been with me and will be with me in the future. That is true. Will you give me thanks and praise to me for how I have richly blessed your life? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, you have richly blessed my life. You have forgiven my sins and cleansed my unrighteousness. You have brought your healing into my life. You redeemed my life from the pit. You have given me good gifts. You have renewed my life. Thank you so much. Amen
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