Psalm 103:1 Let all that I am praise the LORD; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. 2 Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me. 3 He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. 4 He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. 5 He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s! (NLT)
It doesn’t seem like God is depending on me to be good enough to deserve HIs blessings. How could that ever be? I would never be good or deserving enough to receive any blessing for God. Yet David (of all people, the great leader, shepherd…and the great sinner) praises God with and from his being. Worship and thanksgiving is an inward being response to God’s great goodness. Worship is not just a form of outward expression, of singing, shouting, dancing, good music, etc.
And look at why David’s firm declaration of “MAY I NEVER FORGET…” explodes in praise from his inner being and heart! For the good things God does! The good things are so personal, life transforming, beyond words…!
- God forgives his sins!
- God heals his diseases!
- God redeems him from death!
- God crowns him with love and tender mercies!
- God fills his life with good things!
- God renews his youthfulness!
Wholly – Holy God! What the…Heaven! You mean the principle truths of this Passage are for me to experience??!!
Today, I’m reminded…! Reminded to NEVER, EVER, EVER FORGET…WHO YOU ARE! This description of Your works and all that You do is unimaginable. You are a loving, merciful, miracle working God!
Today I want to grow in my faith in who You are and what You do… and what You’ve done through Your Son Jesus. I want to walk in this kind of faith, believing that what You did for David, you have done, are doing and will do for me…and those I’m praying for.
Today, I want to be strengthened in how I live out my faith and pray. I realize I need to grow in my trust, faith and knowledge of Your great God-ness and goodness!
Today, I want to praise you with more than words or a song or music or an outward expression. I want to praise and thank you genuinely and deeply from my being!
Today, MAY I NEVER, EVER FORGET…the good things you’ve done, are doing and will do, for me, Beckie, Kai, Koa, Malia, my extended ‘ohana and the ‘ohana of Manoa and beyond!
O DEAR GOD! HELP ME NEVER EVER FORGET! HELP ME TO MEMORIZE THIS PASSAGE AND LIVE IT OUT FROM MY BEING, WITH A DEEP, GENUINE, INTIMATE FAITH IN YOU AND YOUR GREATNESS!