Forget Not all His Benefits
Psalms 103:1-5 ESV
“Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
We, as followers of Jesus Christ, who have been delivered from our bondage to sin, and who have been given new lives in Christ Jesus, our Lord, to be lived for his glory, have much for which to be thankful. We have much for which to give him all our praise and adoration.
Not only did Jesus Christ, God the Son, leave his throne in heaven, come to earth, be born as a human baby, take on human form, and then humble himself to become obedient to death on a cross for our sins, but he died that we might die with him to sin and live to him and to his righteousness.
He died to give us new lives in him, not like the old lives. We aren’t just forgiven of our sins, but we are set free from our slavery to sin so that we can now become slaves of God and of his righteousness. Sin no longer has to have sway over our lives. And that is Good News!
And now we can live the life God has for us to live, free from the control of sin, and empowered of God’s Spirit to live holy and godly lives, pleasing to the Lord. And therein we find true peace, joy, purpose, and satisfaction. For there we know and experience the love God has for us, beyond measure.
He is Merciful and Gracious
Psalms 103:8-14 ESV
“The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always chide,
nor will he keep his anger forever.
He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
As a father shows compassion to his children,
so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
For he knows our frame;
he remembers that we are dust.”
Our Lord is merciful and gracious. He is love, and he is abounding in steadfast love. And that is why he gave his life up for us on that cross so that we might be delivered from our slavery to sin, so that we could now become bondservants of him and of his righteousness.
So, when we trust in Jesus Christ to be our Lord and Savior, through God-persuaded faith in our Lord Jesus, we are crucified with Christ in death to sin, and we are resurrected with Christ to newness of life in him, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
The old lives of sin we had before have now been put to death with him so that we can live the new lives we have in Christ Jesus in his power and strength. For, Jesus died on that cross that we might no longer live for ourselves, but for him who gave his life up for us.
But understand this. Our Lord has compassion toward those who fear him, who honor him as Almighty God, and who repent of their sins, and who walk in obedience to his commands, and who submit to him as Lord (master) of their lives, for this is what he requires.
Who Keep His Covenant
Psalms 103:15-19 ESV
“As for man, his days are like grass;
he flourishes like a flower of the field;
for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
and its place knows it no more.
But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,
and his righteousness to children’s children,
to those who keep his covenant
and remember to do his commandments.
The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,
and his kingdom rules over all.”
We, as followers of Jesus Christ, live under the New Covenant, but we need to know what the Scriptures teach under the New Covenant, for many people are being led astray by charlatans who are telling them that God no longer requires repentance, obedience, and submission to him as Lord.
Not one of us is guaranteed tomorrow. We may not make it through the night. So, we need to make certain of our salvation, for many people are following a false gospel which is teaching people that they can believe in Jesus and still keep living like they did before.
Again, the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who FEAR HIM, to those who keep (obey) his covenant and remember to obey his commandments (New Covenant). And his covenant says we must die with him to sin and walk (conduct our lives) according to the Spirit.
So, please know this. If we live to please the Lord, we will have eternal life with God, but if we live (in practice) to please our flesh, we will die in our sins. We will not inherit eternal life with God. This is what it teaches under the New Covenant. We are all going to be judged by what we do.
[Lu 9:23-26; Jn 6:35-58; Jn 15:1-11; Rom 6:1-23; Rom 8:1-17; Eph 4:17-24; 1 Jn 1:5-9; 1 Jn 2:3-6; 1 Pet 2:24; 1 Co 6:9-10, 19-20; 2 Co 5:10, 15; Gal 5:16-21; Eph 5:3-6; Gal 6:7-8; Rom 2:6-8; Tit 2:11-14; 1 Jn 3:7]
Abide in Him
An Original Work / July 31, 2013
Based off Ps. 27:14; Is. 40:31; Jn. 14-15
If you wait for the Lord, put your hope now in Him,
He will give you His strength and endurance within.
He will renew your strength, so you will not lose heart.
You will soar on wings like eagles, never depart.
“If you abide in Me, and My words live in you,
You will walk with Me daily and follow what’s true.
I will live now in you; give you peace now within,
If you obey My teachings and turn from your sin.”
“If you listen to Me, and do all that I say,
I will give you My comfort; be with you always.
I will heal all your pain; life with Me now you’ll gain,
If in fellowship with Me you always remain.”