Have you been blessed by God? Of course you have! Every good and perfect gift comes from Him (James 1:17). We all have been bountifully blessed by our wonderful Lord and Savior and therefore our souls must cry out to him as David did many years ago:

1“Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
(Psalm 103:1-5)

               The first thing we must do is to PRAISE our God. The psalmist wanted to “bless the Lord” or speak well of his God. This we must do every day. Praise Him at all times, praise Him for all his blessings and praise Him with all you’ve got.

                The second thing that we must do is to always REMEMBER our God. Remembrance is not something we do only during the Lord’s Supper or in other special occasions. We must never “forget all his benefits” and as we do, our hearts will cry out in praise once again.

                Thirdly, we must thank Him for his FORGIVENESS. He is the One that forgives all your iniquities.” What an eternal relief is to know for certain that in Christ we are truly and totally forgiven and free. Let your soul cry out in a song of praise for his deliverance.

                Another reason to cry out to God with endless delight is that He is our HEALER and our HELPER all the time and in all situations. He “heals all your diseases” and He “redeems your life from destruction.” We are never alone or abandoned. We can cry out to God for help and cry out with loud praises for his timely and effective help.

                Finally, let our souls cry out to God with thanksgiving to the God that is not only our Savior but also our SUSTAINER. Only He can satisfy our needs and wants and in Him we are RENEWED by his loving mercy and grace.

                Do you see now how blessed you really are? Open the eyes and ears of your soul for you to see and hear that our God is more than good…He is everything to us. Open also your mouth, not to complain, grumble and whine, but to elevate a cry to heaven filled with tears of joy and gratitude.

                A. G.

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