Week Five – Day 7
DAY OF CELEBRATION AND REST
Psalm 103 raises several questions for reflection about our life in Christ:
“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy Name.” We begin with what needs to be at the center of our lives: the blessing of the Lord. Do we live each day in ways that bless the Lord? Or do we simply receive the many blessings that He gives us, but not live a life of blessing in return?
“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.” Sometimes we get so bogged down in our own “stuff” that we do not see the benefits the Lord gives us. Do we look for blessings in the little things of life? Or do we spend so much time focused on ourselves that we forget to look for these blessings?
“He forgives all your sins and heals all your infirmities.” We are whole people of God. The soul and the body are not separate. What affects one affects another. God does not simply heal the body, but He heals the whole person. Do we pay attention to what our bodies might tell us about the health of our soul and our relationship with God in Christ?
“He redeems your life from the grave and crowns you with mercy and loving-kindness.” Sometimes we forget that our salvation is not simply once and done. Jesus died for us – once and for all time – but we do not live perfect lives. God’s mercy and loving-kindness are with us when we fall so that we might repent and return to the Lord. Do we remember when we turn away from the Lord that He is there? All we have to do is turn around.
“He satisfies you with good things, and your youth is renewed like an eagle’s.” Our bodies may age, but our souls can be renewed each and every day. Do we allow the Lord to renew us, or do we become complacent in our lives?
Lord, I am coming to understand more and more that You really do work all things together for my good. I love You so much, and I am confident that good is coming out of every bad situation. Thank You for taking me down paths I did not want to travel. I thank You for the safe rides on the bumpy roads. Thank You for the valleys, plateaus, and mountains of life’s experience. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
“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 eagle’s.” –Psalms 103:1-5 NIV