Don’t you just love it when God unexpectedly hits home a truth that you’ve always known about but never took the time to meditate on? That’s exactly what happened to me yesterday. It’s a simple truth, but once I spent some time reading and talking with God about it, the revelation of what it actually means for my life took hold and got me all excited about living as a child of the Most High!
All this past week, I’ve been listening to Dan Mohler’s “School of Kingdom Living” series. He’s been speaking on our identity in Christ and what standing in that revelation means for our everyday lives – from praying continually for each other (Colossians 1:9) or learning how to have an actual relationship with our heavenly Father.
One of the verses he mentioned was Psalm 103:1-5.
“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 iniquities, Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
Does anything in this passage stick out to you? It certainly did for me!
As I was reading along with Dan, he pointed out the word “benefits.” Defined as “an advantage of profit gained from something” or “to receive an advantage, profit, gain,” it’s a word that doesn’t have any strings attached. It’s a gift you receive by being a part of something.
Well, I immediately shut off the laptop and spent some time asking God what He had for me in this passage. I read it again… and was completely floored by the realization of how incredibly blessed we are as followers of Christ. We get all of these things – forgiveness, healing, redemption, crowns, satisfaction and youth – just by being a child of the Most High God! There are no conditions and no stipulations. It’s all completely free!
Take a moment to evaluate your life. Where has God shown up? What things has He unexpectedly provided before you even asked for them? How have you been healed? I know it can be hard at times to see the blessings during the difficult times, but taking the time to meditate on how He has blessed us in the past can help to open our eyes for the blessings that are to come.
If you’re having trouble coming up with more than one or two blessings, ask Him to show you examples that you may have missed. He’s faithful and will be happy to share with you. For “the Lord your God is in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing” (Zeph. 3:17).by