Forget Not All His Benefits

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – The Sacramental Life – Day 350 – Psalm 103-1-5 – Forget Not All His Benefits – Growing As Disciples

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)  

Not Forget

That is something that I need to remember. What do you need to remember? I need to remember to not forget your benefits. Is that a difficult task? Is that hard to accomplish? It must be. Why do you think it must be difficult and hard to not forget my benefits? Well, the Bible is filled with people who forgot and even took your benefits for granted. Forgetting and taking your benefits for granted seems as common today as it was back then. It should not be so. I wish it were not true. I am embarrassed to say that I haven’t praised and thanked you enough for who you are and all that you have done for me. I know that failing to give you praise and thanks for your goodness is a sin which I willingly and freely confess to you now. Forgive my lack of praise and thanks to you. You are forgiven. What would you like to change? I would like to make praising and thanking you a regular part of my daily prayers to you. That will be very good.

Let me ask you a few questions? Go right ahead, I’m listening. Do you sometimes feel weary and worn out? Do you sometimes lack hope and peace and joy in your life? Would you like to be refreshed and revived and restored to full strength? You know my answer to each one of your questions. Yes, I often feel weary and worn out. Yes, I would like my life to overflow with hope and peace and joy. Yes, I would like to be refreshed, revived, and restored to full strength. I would like to run and not grow weary. I would like to walk and not faint. I would like to be like an eagle soaring in mid-flight. I have no doubt about that. Do you know what you are missing? Yes, I do. I lack all these things in my life because I am not abundantly praising and thanking you. That’s right. Daily, enter my presence with praise and thanksgiving and I will refresh and revive and restore you. As you praise and thank me, I will fill your life with hope and peace and joy. That I will do. That will be very good.

Lord, I know how easy it is to forget and fail to give praise and thanks to you for who you are and all you have done for me. Daily, in my prayers, I will remember all that you have done for me. Fill my life with joy as I give abundant thanks and praise to you. Amen

Key Question…  How are you making sure that you are regularly giving praise and thanks to God for His goodness to you?

Living It Out…  Make praising and thanking God a regular part of your daily prayer life.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that God is worthy of all your praise and thanks because of who He is and all He has done for you.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are continually praising and thanking God for His goodness.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you praise God and remember all that He has done for you.

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Find Rest O My Soul

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The Prayer Filled Life – Day 84 – Psalm 62-5-8 – Find Rest O My Soul – Growing As Disciples

Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.  He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.  My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.  Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. Selah Psalm 62:5-8 (NIV)

Pour Out Your Heart

That is something that I have seldom done. What have you seldom done? I seldom poured out my heart to you in prayer. Oh, I have regularly prayed prayers to you. Yes, I have let you know what I want and need. But even then, I have prayed only a small portion of what is in my heart and weighing heavily on my mind. Why haven’t you and why don’t you completely pour out your heart to me? Why not let go of what is in your heart and weighing heavily on your mind? Those are good questions, for which I do not have a good answer. Sometimes, I am very slow to realize what is in my heart and on my mind. Sometimes, I fail to recognize what is weighing me down. Can I make a suggestion to you? Yes, of course you can make a suggestion to me. Wait in silence before me. Come to rest in my presence. Let there be some back and forth between your pouring your heart out to me, and your waiting in silence before me. Do not so quickly think that we are done meeting together in prayer. In moments of silence, as you rest in my presence, I will give you prayers to pray. I will help you to pour out your heart before me. I will help you to know what is in your heart and weighing heavily on your mind. I will help you to let go of what you should not be carrying. In me you will find hope. I am the rock of your salvation. I will be your fortress. Take refuge in me. Place your trust in me at all times. In me, you will never be shaken. Of that, I have no doubt. That’s good.

But let me ask you a few questions now. Go ahead, I’m listening. Will you come to rest in my presence? Will you wait in silence before me? Will you allow me to help you pour out your heart to me in prayer? Will you allow me to fill your life with hope and peace and rest? Will you allow me to be your refuge and fortress? Yes, I will. That will be very good.

Heavenly Father, I will trust in you at all times. You are my refuge and fortress. You are my rock and my salvation. In you alone do I find hope. In you alone do I find rest for my soul. In you alone I will not be shaken. I will pour out my heart in prayer to you. Amen

Key Question…  How would you like to pour out your heart in prayer to God right now?

Living It Out…  Make it your practice to wait in silence before God so you can find rest for your soul.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that God will be your refuge and fortress as you pour out your heart to Him.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how pouring your heart out to God is giving rest to your soul.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you pour out your heart in prayer to God so you can have rest for your soul.

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Wait In Silence

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 310 – Psalm 62:5-8 – Wait In Silence – Growing As Disciples

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.  He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.  On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God.  Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah Psalm 62:5-8 (ESV)

Silent Before You

That does not come easy to me. What does not come easy to you? Being silent before you does not come easy to me. Why is that? I have a heart and mind and life that races at high speed. It seems like I am always on the run, with places to go and people to see and things to do. Even if I sit still, it is difficult for me to quiet myself completely before you. I think you are describing the old you, the way you once were. For many years now, you have been spending large amounts of time silently in my presence, is that not true? Yes, I guess that is true. What changed? Why are you now so different from how you once were? I got tired. I became weary. I began to see the foolishness of always being on the run. I came to realize that I would never be able to live in an intimate relationship with you if I could never be quiet before you. I came to see that I would never come to know you, or hear your voice, or receive your guidance or follow your instructions if I was never silent before you. I came to understand that I would never place all my faith and hope and trust in you if I wasn’t able to sit still with you. You would never truly be my rock or fortress or refuge if I did not quietly take shelter in your presence. In other words, I began to clearly see the true cost of always being on the run, with places to go and people to see and things to do. I knew that continuing in that way would lead me to live a life filled with deep regret. I would never be able to live the life that you have called me to live. Isn’t it amazing that you gained such understanding? How did you become so wise? Now, I know that you are asking me trick questions. How so? I can take no credit for gaining understanding or being wise. Why is that? I came to this understanding very slowly after quite a bit of foolish living. But that is only part of it, you alone have been my teacher. You alone have helped me to see the error of my ways. You alone deserve credit for making me able to sit silence with you. You have drawn me to yourself. You have allowed me to taste your goodness and kindness and mercy and love as I have rested in your presence. Now there is no place I would rather be or nothing I would rather do that sit in silence before you. That is very good. Yes, it is and for that I give you all my thanks and praise. All my faith and hope and trust are in you. You are my rock and fortress and refuge. Yes, I am.

Lord, I will carve out time to be silent before you. I will place all my faith and hope and trust in you. Speak to me as I wait in silence before you. Be my rock and fortress and refuge as I wait silently in your presence. Keep me from being shaken as I trust in you. Amen

Key Question…  How are you carving out time to be silent before the Lord so you can find rest in Him?

Living It Out…  Carve out time each day to be silent before the Lord so you can find rest in Him.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that you will find rest in the Lord as you are silent before Him.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how being silent before the Lord has helped you to take refuge in Him.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you be silent before the Lord so you can find rest in Him.

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All His Benefits

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 103 – Psalm 103:1-5 – All His Benefits – Growing As Disciples

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)

Richly Blessed

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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In God Alone

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 102 – 62:5-8 – In God Alone – Growing As Disciples

Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.  He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.  My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.  Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. Selah Psalm 62:5-8 (NIV)

Find Rest

Is that what you want? Do you want to find rest for your soul? What a timely question. Why is that? I don’t know when I have felt more tired. So yes, I do want to find rest for my soul. What must you do if you want to find rest for your soul? I must slowdown that is for sure. There is too much hurry in my life. I’m guessing that you want me to come to quietly rest in your presence. You want me to wait before you. That is a very good guess. What will happen to you when you quietly rest and silently wait in my presence? I will slow down. I will stop the flurry of activity that is my life. I will draw near to you. I will take time to hear from you. I will listen attentively to you. I will place all my hope and trust in you. I will stop relying on myself. I will come to know that you are my rock and fortress. You are my place of refuge. Storms my swirl about me. But in you I can find rest. In you there is hope. I can take shelter in you when no matter what storm might rage around me. In you, there is peace. In you, there is calm. In you, I will never be shaken. That is true.

What will you do when you come to rest in my presence? Besides, listening to you? Yes, besides listening to me. I don’t want to move too quickly past the idea of listening attentively to you. Why is that? I can never listen too long or too carefully to you. That is true. But I want to know what else you will also do as your rest in my presence. I will pour my heart to you. I will turn all my worries into prayers to you. I will lay my burdens at your feet. I will open my heart and mind and life to you. I will lay my soul bare before you.

What will I do for you as you come to rest in my presence? You will heal me. You will help me. You will revive and refresh and renew me as I take refuge in you. Yes, I will. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, I have not always placed all my hope and trust in you. Sometimes, I have relied on something or someone other than you. What a foolish mistake! Forgive me. Thank you for being my rock and fortress and refuge. I will place all my hope and trust in you. Amen

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Praise The Lord

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 62 – Psalm 103:1-5 – Praise The Lord – Growing As Disciples

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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Find Rest

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 58 – Psalm 62:5-8 – Find Rest – Growing As Disciples

Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. Selah Psalm 62:5-8 (NIV)  

Sitting Down

I have a hard time doing that. You have a hard time doing what? I have a hard time sitting down. I like to be on the go. I want to be on the move. I want to go places and accomplish things. I want my life to account for something meaningful. I want to be productive. I want my life to have counted for something important. How does what you are saying sound to you? What I am saying sounds a bit off. Something about what I am saying doesn’t sound quite right. Can you identify what sounds a bit off and isn’t quite right? I’m not sure, maybe. I will try. Good. Let me hear your thoughts. There are a lot of “I” statements. Life doesn’t revolve around me. Not once did I ask what you might want. No, you did not. That is a huge problem. Yes, it is. What else can you identify as being problematic? I will never automatically know what you want me to do. Your thoughts are not my thoughts. Your ways are not my ways. Your thoughts and ways are so much higher and far beyond me. Without seeking your guidance and following instructions I am likely to be busy doing what is not your will. Being on the go and constantly moving from one thing to another will no doubt make it so I cannot hear your voice. Why is that? I won’t be listening. I will be chasing after the next great idea and fruitless project. Yes, you will.

What do you think I want you to do? I think that you want me to come to sit down in your presence. Why is that? You want me to come to know you. You want me to be changed. In your presence you will change my heart. In your presence you will transform my mind. You will give me your thoughts to think and words to speak. You will help me to know and do your will. You will make me able to do what is pleasing in your sight. In your presence you will revive, refresh and restore my life. You will be my fortress and strength. You will be my refuge in every storm. Finally, you will make it so I can bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. This is all true. So, what will you do? I would like to hear you say it one more time. I will make it my daily pattern and practice to come to sit down in your presence. I will be still before you. I will listen carefully to you. I will trust you. I will rely on you. I will allow you to work in and through my life for your glory. That will be very good. I wholeheartedly agree.

Lord, I will draw near to you, I will come into your presence. I will sit in silence and solitude before you. Speak to me so I can hear you. Guard and guide my life as I pour my heart out before you. You are my rock and salvation. I will place all my trust in you. Amen

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Forget Not

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Prayer – Psalm 103:1-5 – Forget Not – Growing As Disciples

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)

Remember

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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