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The Good Stuff

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. Psalm 103:1-5 ESV

One of my Lent devotionals this week was part of Psalm 103. The devotional focused on another part of the Psalm, but I’m stuck on the first five verses.

Here, David stirs his own soul to praise God by reminding himself of all the benefits of God’s steadfast love.

God forgives our mistakes and failures. He forgives our wrongdoing and pride. God heals us. He heals our bodies and minds and hearts.

God pulled us from the miry pits we were in a long time ago and the new ones we make today. He sets us on a firm foundation. He crowns us with love and mercy and He satisfies us with good.

Like David, we can exhort ourselves to hope in God. When we’re weary from waiting, or working, or worrying we look back at God’s faithfulness. We see how He worked something painful into something for our good or someone else’s good. We remember He turned our despair into hope.

We keep track of what God has done, especially for the days sorrow clouds our vision. For the days He seems too far away and our hearts feel too raw.

On those days, we do what David did. We remember God gives the good stuff.

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2 Comments

  1. Robin Turner on March 11, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    God gives good stuff. I believe and have seen.

    • marieg on March 11, 2019 at 10:57 pm

      I’m so thankful for our good, good Father.

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