Psalm 103:1-5

Throughout the season of Lent our daily devotions have been written by members of the Faith Lutheran community. Our theme this Lent is “Jesus Our Healer.” Today’s devotion comes from Paul Baerenwald.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget 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 as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:1-5

It always seems easier to criticize than praise; to complain about what we don’t have than to give thanks for what we have. How often do we thank and praise God for all He gives us? Here we are reminded of all that God does for us and are urged to thank and praise Him.

Number One on the list? We are forgiven! God is merciful and forgiving. We are redeemed from the pit of hell. The psalm reminds us that He doesn’t just forgive some of our sins, or sometimes – He forgives ALL!

He heals our diseases. When we are sick and recover, God was with us. But we remain mindful that although sickness and disease may ultimately take their toll on this mortal life, God’s ultimate healing comes when we are raised to be with Him when this temporary life ends and our infinite life begins.

God provides the ultimate healing. He satisfies us with good. We need nothing else. Our reward is not here, but with our heavenly Father. He has prepared a place for us where we will have what we need and can soar like an eagle. We will have immortal youth.

Let us pray: Heavenly Father, help us to be ever mindful of all the blessings that you bestow upon us. Let us not be critical or complaining about what we think we want or need, but instead help us to remember your forgiveness, your mercy, your healing, your love. We bless your holy name! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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3 Responses to “Psalm 103:1-5”

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    1 Peter 2:24 “Who his own self bore our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live to righteousness: by whose stripes you were healed.”
    Renew us, forgive us, and lead us until the day we are called to be with you for eternity.

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