Friday, February 22, 2013

"God Will Take Care of You"


“God Will Take Care of You”

Psalm 103:1-14
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 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.  For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.  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. 

~ Dedication ~
I would like to dedicate this Psalm to those whom I know are hurting and in need of God’s special care. 

The Lord is ever mindful of your cries, your grief and your need for His loving hand to guide, to comfort and ease your pain. The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; His mercies never come to an end and His compassions (to suffer with or with suffering) never fail.

David, the author of this beautiful Psalm, writes with immense sensitivity revealing a heart truly blessed of God. The realization that all his sins are forgiven brings David to a new height of worship and shows him as a man that is in tuned with a Holy God. With all the emotion that God has given him, David expresses praise, blessing and honor due His holy name. The phrase “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name,” invites a chorus of praise and blessing; bringing to light a heart filled with gratitude and thanksgiving.

How do I bless the Lord with all that is within me when I hurt and am afraid?

Let your affections and love praise Him, by loving whatsoever He loves and seeking only His glory. Let every thought bless Him, by meditating on His excellent greatness and counting every benefit He alone provides. Give Him the highest praise declaring His goodness in every gracious deed done towards mankind. For in Him, what infinite enjoyments we share, as we live, move, and have our being. 

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 ~ For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

What are the benefits from God?  Is Suffering part of His benefits?

The earthly benefits from God include: the forgiveness of all sin, the healing of sickness, the deliverance from death, His lovingkindness and tender mercies, and sustenance to sustain life.  According to God’s amazing character and desired purpose for our lives, the healing of disease is not a promise from God, but rather a testimony of His nature and power to heal. Great is His faithfulness towards us which encompasses His grace, His mercy, His love, His goodness, His truth, His compassion. and His forgiveness of sin. God will fulfill every promise He has given to us for He is honorable and true to His Word. 

J. C. Penney, one of America’s greatest retail merchants, suffered from anxiety and insomnia after the 1929 Great Depression which threw him into an overwhelming crisis. He developed a painful case of shingles and was hospitalized making his mental state deteriorate even more. He later was noted as saying, “I was broken nervously and physically, filled with despair, unable to see even a ray of hope. I had nothing to live for. I felt I hadn’t a friend left in the world, that even my family turned against me.” One morning while still in the hospital, he heard singing coming from the little hospital chapel. “Be not dismayed whate’er betide / God will take are of you.”As he entered the chapel he listened to the words of the song, the reading of Scripture and the prayer. Suddenly, all worry left him as he realized how much the Lord Jesus Christ cared for him. He said, “I felt as if I had been lifted out of the darkness of a dungeon into brilliant sunlight.”

Thought:  Friend, you may be going through a time of pain and sorrow right now and if you are, ask the Lord to open your heart and mind to His wonderful ways and give you understanding of His precious path. Seek His truths and ask Him to show you what you cannot see or any sin that may hinder the way. Remind yourself of His great benefits, His redeeming love, His tender mercies and limitless forgiveness of sin. Realize He remembers your frame; He knows you are but dust and loves you with an everlasting, unwavering love. 

Psalms 139:17-18  ~  How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!  If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.
What a wonderful word picture the Lord gives to us. Visualize all the sand from every beach in the world, all the sand from each sand dune, and every single rock and piece of dirt from every desert land––those are God’s thoughts towards each of His children, plus many more. God has infinitely more caring thoughts about us than there are granules of sand or seconds in our life time. 

What a benefit!



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