Praise the LORD
Read Psalm 103:1-5
Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being praise His holy name. Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all His benefits--who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagles.
What are the benefits of loving the LORD? What are you praising Him for today?
Sometimes I get so down or overwhelmed with life that I forget the truth. There is always something I can praise God for.
Praise and worship helps me refocus my thoughts from my problems to my Helper. From my sins to my Redeemer. From my sickness to my Healer. From the pit of despair and death, He raised me up to eternal life and joy. He does not deal with me as I deserve. Instead, He treats me with love and compassion. I can look around my life and count numerous “good things” to satisfy me. Even in tough times.
Like so many others, I struggle with depression and anxiety. I have found there is one spiritual exercise that even secular therapists recommend--counting blessings. Finding things to be grateful for in the midst of the struggle. It’s not always easy to get my head and heart excited to switch from moping and worrying to praising and worshipping. But when I make the effort to count my blessings, I find it makes a huge difference in my ability to face the day.
Jesus never promised that we’d be without troubles in this life. On the contrary. But in the midst of those troubles, we find His blessings. There are so many benefits to those who fear Him.
Why don’t you pick up a pen and jot down your own Psalm of praise? Or, if you want to share, post it in the comments below. I can’t promise that it will fix all of your problems. But I can promise that it will improve your perspective.
LORD, help me to not forget all of your benefits. You are gracious and merciful, slow to anger, abounding in love. Thank you for your forgiveness. Thank you for blessing me well beyond what I deserve. Amen.