Contributor: Lorna Dean
Psalms 103:2 reads “Bless the Lord, oh my soul and forget not all his benefits.”
This is a very good topic to encourage us all not to forget. It is very easy to forget; sometimes we forget something we did only a minute ago. Sometimes we forget where we might have placed an important document or some other significant paraphernalia. It happens. But this particular verse of scripture is encouraging us not to forget the benefits of the Lord, and sometimes that is very easy to do.
Why? Because we tend to complain when things do not go our way. If we are waiting on a ride that is supposed to collect us at a certain time, the time arrived and passed; the normal response would be to kiss your teeth, grumble or complain, without considering, the individual may have incurred a situation; perhaps a flat or traffic jam. It could be any number of things. Patience and understanding should be exercised in this instance.
We need to remember that at some point and time we may have disappointed someone as well. Either through a broken promise or not coming through on some other matter. The logic is that we forget our little circumstances and fail to forgive someone else’s shortcomings. In other words, we complain if we didn’t acquire a certain job; but we forget that yesterday God provided food on the table, clothing for our bodies, transportation for our travel and a home for our shelter.
We forget that he provided monies to pay the light and water bill, also that when we last attended the doctor, our health was in good form. The Psalmist is reminding us to always remember the goodness of the Lord.
In the book of Deuteronomy chapter 4 verse 23 the children of Israel were being cautioned not to forget the covenant of the Lord by not making idols for the purpose of worship. God wants us to worship Him and Him alone. In Chapter 12 of the same book they are being instructed not to forget the Lord who brought them out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. It is very important to remember what God has done and is always doing so that we can maintain a grateful heart.
In I Thessalonians chapter 5 verse 18 it says, “In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” There must be a specific reason why God wants us to remain thankful under every circumstance and not forget His goodness. Being unthankful or ungrateful creates an unpleasant feeling and attitude and destroys the good in us. It also contributes to sickness and disease and the break-down of our immune system and certain cells in our bodies. We were created to be beautiful, harmonious and happy creatures so that we can live long healthy and successful lives.
So, as we ponder these few words, let us learn ways to remember the goodness of the Lord. When we find ourselves in disappointment, remember in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. If we find ourselves in disappointment, remember God is in control and he knows all things.
When things don’t go well, sing a little song, say a little prayer, repeat a memory verse. When we apply these principles, we prevent ourselves from experiencing odd situations and going against God’s will.