Do Not Forget


"Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s! The Lord gives righteousness and justice to all who are treated unfairly. He revealed his character to Moses and his deeds to the people of Israel. The Lord is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever. He does not punish us for all our sins; he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve. For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him. For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust. Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die. The wind blows, and we are gone—as though we had never been here. But the love of the Lord remains forever with those who fear him. His salvation extends to the children’s children of those who are faithful to his covenant, of those who obey his commandments! The Lord has made the heavens his throne; from there he rules over everything. Praise the Lord, you angels, you mighty ones who carry out his plans, listening for each of his commands. Yes, praise the Lord, you armies of angels who serve him and do his will! Praise the Lord, everything he has created, everything in all his kingdom. Let all that I am praise the Lord." - Psalm 103

"Bless The Lord, O my soul, and do not forget his benefits" (vs, 2). The psalmist's advise in this verse points toward the value and benefit of remembering God's extravagant mercy and love. As we read the psalm, we may feel that we have encountered an ancient therapy for healing the emotions, nor unlike contemporary therapies that involve changing how we think.

This psalm calls us to bless God, beginning with ourselves and extending to all creation like ripples in water. God forgives, heals, and redeems. God offers vindication and justice. God's love and compassion endure forever. Remembering and blessing God for these essential traits of God's character offer us the opportunity to experience hope and wonder. Remembering who God is and what God does, enriches and nurtures our growth in faith.

What attribute of God's nature means the most to you? What does it mean to you to remember that God is merciful and loving?

What events in your life have caused you to glimpse God's love and mercy? What can you do in the week ahead to intentionally remember God's love and mercy? What difference might it make in your life?

God, you are the Holy One of Israel. Your steadfast love endures forever. I bless your holy name with everything that is in me. Thank you for life, family, friends and the Others who reach out to me every day. Let me know You better, so that I might be able to be a blessing to Others. Amen.
Oct 8 2018