Friday, September 30, 2011

Forget not all His Benefits

“Forget not all his benefits” (Psalm 103:2)
Have you considered the benefits that have been given to you by the hand of the LORD?  Have you really pondered all his goodness to you?  As Christians we can observe his goodness in so many ways in our life’s echoing with the David, “Bless the LORD, O my soul.”  
We have been blessed by the LORD.  His goodness is over all.  When we think that he gives us life and breath and the fact that he sustains each heartbeat every second of every day for our entire life.  Our hearts beat at his command.  When we consider food, shelter, clothes, showers, parents, toys, cars, jobs, money, safety and really every detail of life than our praise is lifted to the LORD for all his benefits.  When we place all these benefits in front of the backdrop of what we truly deserve for our sin than the magnitude of his goodness is increased.  Ponder for a moment that our sin deserves eternal separation from God.  We deserve nothing but his wrath for our sin yet receive life and breath.  Then upon life and breath he heaps on so many other blessings.  To think that I have a computer to type this on and the internet to post this on is simply amazing.  To understand that you have a computer, phone or tablet to read this on is simply amazing.  The unbeliever thinks he deserves these things because of something he has done.  But Christian, our response should be praise to the One who has blessed us with all his benefits.  To forget this truth is sin. 
Consider with me another way we sin against God for all his benefits to us.  Isn’t it true that when we receive all these benefits from the LORD we tend to sinfully turn those benefits from his hand into the idols of our heart?  Rather than bless and praise the Giver we turn to worship the gifts.  Our hearts instantaneously run to the temporal pleasure rather than the eternal Giver.  We see the idolatry of the heart.  It seems the more benefits he lavishes upon us the more we begin to think we deserve.  We feel as if we are entitled to the gift.  We forget the purpose of the gift is to glorify the Giver.  The Giver is worthy of the praise.  He most definitely has given us the gifts to enjoy but not to worship.  Forgetting to praise God for his benefits is a sin and making his benefits into objects of worship is also a sin.
The first thing David writes after “Forget not all his benefits” is “Who forgives all your iniquity.”  Ponder this for a moment:  God blesses us always with his benefits yet we forgot or turn those benefits into idols but he also forgives those very sins as well.  We receive the benefit of forgiveness when we mistreat his benefits?  This is similar to John 1, “From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace” (16).  David is saying we receive benefit upon benefit.  When we trample his grace, it is his grace that covers our trampling.  Think about Israel when all they had received was kindness from the LORD by taking them out of the land of Egypt yet they trampled his kindness underfoot.  They committed all sorts of evil yet the LORD loved them because they were his people.  They trampled grace yet his grace was sufficient to cover their sin. 
Christian, have you gazed upon Calvary lately?  Have you considered the weight of your sin?  If so than you are aware of the grace of God.  You are aware of his benefits to you.  We have all trampled on his grace yet he crushed his Son in order to graciously cover the trampling we have done.  What can we give in return for all his benefits?  “I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD” (Ps. 116:13).  We cannot repay our debt but we can continue to trust in the all-sufficient work of Christ.  Lift up your cup and continue to call on his name.  “Forget not all his benefits.”
Grace upon grace,
JRL

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