Topic: Psalm 103:2
"Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits" Psalm 103:2
It is delightful and profitable to observe how the hand of God was upon the lives of ancient saints, to see His goodness deliver them, see His mercy pardon them, and see His faithfulness keep His covenant with them.
But isn't it even more delightful and profitable for us to remember the hand of God working in our own lives? We should look back at our own history as being at least as full of God, as full of His goodness and of His truth, as the lives of any of the saints who have gone before. We do our Lord an injustice when we presume that He performed all His mighty acts for those in the past, but doesn't perform wonders for us today.
Let's review our own lives. Surely we will discover some happy incidents which are both refreshing to ourselves and glorifying to God.
Has God delivered you from trouble? Have you passed safely through rivers, supported by the divine presence? Have you walked through proverbial fires unharmed?
Remember, this is the God who gave Solomon the desire of his heart. Hasn't He also often heard and answered your requests? This is the God of beautiful outpourings about whom David sang, "Who satisfies your desires with good things." Has He never satiated you with blessing? Have you never been made to lie down in green pastures? Have you never been led by the still waters?
Surely the goodness of God has been the same to us as to the saints of the past. Let us then weave His mercies into a song. Let us take the pure gold of thankfulness, and the jewels of praise and make them into another crown for the head of Jesus. Let our souls make sweet music, music that is as exhilarating as that which came from David's harp, while we praise the Lord whose mercy endures forever!
How has God delivered you, personally?