Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Benefits of God

Psalm 103:2-10, 12-14, 17, 19  lists the benefits of God!  They are amazing!!!  It says,
"Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:  Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.  The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.  He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.  The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.  He will not always chide:  neither will he keep his anger for ever.  He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.  As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.  Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.  For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.  But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children; The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all."

The list:
forgives iniquities
heals diseases
redeems from destruction
crowns with love and mercies
satifies mouths
executes righteousness and judgment for the oppressed
made known His ways
is merciful and gracious
is slow to anger
is plenteous in mercy
will not always chide ("to express disapproval of; scold; reproach," according to        
will not keep anger
did not deal with us after our sins
pities those who fear Him
knows our frame
remembers we are dust
prepared His throne
rules over all

In case you don't really see all of these as benefits, look at each one again.  I am really glad that the LORD remembers I am dust; otherwise, I might be annihilated.  I am really thankful that He does not deal with me after my sins; that is a definite benefit.  I am thankful He prepared His throne; we can be sure Who is in charge, is Sovereign, Who rules. 

What a benefit it is to serve the LORD!!! 

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