Getting Close To God – Never Forget
Read Psalm Chapter 103
Ps 103:1 Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name. 2 Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits— 3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, 5 who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
A while back, a dear sister in Christ asked if I knew of any devotions on the topic of getting close to God. I have thought about it a lot and conclude that it would take many devotions to explore the subject. Today’s verses have some good ideas for us which will help us develop our closeness to God. We must never “forget.” Not to dis the Psalmist at all, but for me the idea can be conveyed clearer by saying, “Always remember.” Now let’s examine the details from this passage.
1. Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being. – Our devotion to God must be more than superficial. “My inmost being” would suggest to me that our love for Him must sink so deep into our souls that it permeates our entire body, heart, and mind. Every part of us should be dedicated to fulfilling His purpose for our lives. Remembering His goodness to us will help us get closer to Him.
2. Forget not all His benefits. – Very few of us spend any significant amount of time remembering all that He has done for us. We are much more likely to be focused on what He hasn’t done for us. Our prayers are largely consumed with asking Him for more benefits. That’s okay if it has been balanced off with a lot of remembering and thanking Him for all He has done in our past. Let us try spending more time each day thanking Him for all He has done for us than we do voicing our requests.
3. He forgives all our sins. – This benefit is our most precious, the one for which we should be most thankful and to never forget. It is doubtful that any of us truly grasp the enormity of this priceless treasure. Without forgiveness, we would be destined to an endless eternity in hell, suffering the unimaginable tortures which were reserved for the devil and his angels. For some, the worst part of hell would be the fire. For others, the worst part would be the never-ending loneliness. Both would be unbearable. Never forget what we have been able to avoid due to His great mercy!
4. He heals all our diseases. – This one might be more difficult to relate to. Some of us have diseases which as yet have not been healed. Maybe we will see relief in this life, but for sure this promise will come to pass. It is just as real as though it had already happened. In eternity, our suffering will be no more. Our secure future is something to remember, and never forget.
5. He redeems our lives from the pit. – Those of us who have vivid memories of that pit of homosexual addiction have a better vision of this benefit. We have been rescued from a world which not only was going to destroy us for all eternity, neither was it going to end well in this life. There is no good ending for gay sexually active relationships. There are numerous bad circumstances which almost inevitable result from a living a lifetime in the gay world. We can mention the threat of disease and heartaches from betrayals, for example, but the worst result of all is living a life separated from fellowship with One who loves us more than any human could ever love us.
6. He crowns us with love and compassion. – This one was mentioned in No. 5. There is no better source of love and compassion than from our Savior. Many of our devotions have been dedicated to reminding us of all the ways He demonstrates His love for us. Reminders are all around us every day. The trials of life in no way diminish or cancel out His deep and abiding watch-care over us.
7. He satisfies our desires. – This one might also not resonate well with some of us. However, we must remember that some of our desires would be harmful to us if they were fulfilled. He will not satisfy any of our desires which are not to our benefit. There is another reason why our desires perhaps haven’t come to pass. Some of us are not in step with Him. Will He fulfill our desires if we are continually and willfully refusing to give up some of our SSA vices? He will indeed satisfy our desires when we are in harmony with Him, listening to Him, obeying His will, and our desires are not unholy.
Well, there is our beginning to growing closer to our Lord. We have plenty of blessings in our past to remember. We have plenty to be thankful for, and plenty reasons to praise Him and His name. We don’t do nearly enough of it.
Prayer: We praise You O God, for the Son of Your Love. We thank and praise You for all of Your benefits mentioned in this passage of scripture. We thank You for redemption, love, compassion, and understanding. There are so many of Your benefits that we could not name them all. We do not want to forget any of them. We love You, O Lord.