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.
Psalm 103: 1-5
1) He forgives all my sins
2) He heals all my diseases
3) He redeems my life
4) He crowns me with love and compassion
5) He satisfies me with good things
But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people.
Ephesians 5:3 (NIV- my emphasis added)
Yikes! Not even a hint! Friends, we must not give Satan a foothold, not even an inch in our lives, homes, and families. Oh, it may seem silly and harmless at times, but don't be deceived. Be alert! Satan is a roaring lion, seeking to devour (1 Peter 5:8). Father, reveal areas of compromise in my life. Let me not be deceived.
I think this is part of the reason why David instructs us to "forget not" the benefits of serving the Lord. When I meditate on the five points listed in Psalm 103, I am reminded of the goodness of the Lord and the importance of being heavenly-minded, and I am overwhelmed by His love for me. I am reminded that His ways are higher and better- all of the time. When I look at my family and my life, I want to do everything I can to draw near to God, know Him more, and receive his favor and blessing. Psalm 103 reiterates this reminder of the lasting effects of serving God. Verses 17-18 (NLT) state:
But the love of the Lord remains forever
with those who fear him.
His salvation extends to the children’s children
of those who are faithful to his covenant,
of those who obey his commandments!
When we do our best to trust and obey God, he is faithful to extend salvation to our future generations. It's a promise! And like any mother, I want God's best for my children. If there's a promise concerning Jacob or Reed, I'm claiming it!