Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits (Psalm 103:2, NKJV).
The tenth anniversary of 9/11 has come and gone, accompanied by many memorial services, TV specials, flag waving, and tears. We’ve heard stories of heroism in the midst of loss, been reminded of the tragic deaths that so many suffered, and re-examined our own lives and priorities in light of such a somber and monumental event.
It’s natural for us to remember major happenings in our lives, both good and bad, whether individually or as a nation. We celebrate birthdays and wedding anniversaries, and mourn the markers of another year since a loved one died. But God calls us into remembrance of Him, of His goodness and mercy toward us, of the countless benefits He has bestowed upon undeserving and often ungrateful people.
The psalmist recognized the importance of remembering God’s benefits and blessings. He even spoke to his soul and commanded it to bless God and never to forget His goodness. This is a great verse—a great chapter, for that matter—for us to repeat and consider often. The psalmist lists many of God’s benefits toward us, including forgiveness of sin, healing of diseases, redemption, loving-kindness, righteousness and justice. It’s relatively easy to be grateful to God for all these undeserved gifts when things are going well, but what about the other times? Sickness, poverty, betrayal, death—all can enter our lives when we least expect them. What better time to recall God’s benefits toward us? What better time to exercise true faith and thank the Lord for His many blessings?
Whether everything’s coming up roses for you right now, or you’re at the bottom of the pit and someone’s tossing dirt in on top of you, why not stop and spend a few moments thanking God for His many benefits? I, for one, plan to make it a daily practice.