Word Ministry
on October 27, 2020
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Nobody Loves Me
(Read Psalms 102:1–104:35)
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.
6 The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.
8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
9 He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.
10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
-Psalm 103:2-6, 8-12
Some people live on the dark side of the moon. Phone them and they give you an earful about how the world is mistreating them. They can’t think of anything for which to be thankful, and reminding them of their blessings only seems to irritate them.
Psalm 103 provides a great example. It’s a count-your-blessings psalm, a simple reminder to be thankful.
The other two psalms in this reading also give us reasons to be thankful.
Psalm 102 teaches us how to receive God’s comfort when we’re in distress. Psalm 104 helps us appreciate God through his creation and the way he cares for it.
David’s praise in Psalm 103 focused on God’s glorious deeds (103:3-19).
People, including myself, often complain when they are tired, needy, and frustrated. But David’s list gives us plenty for which to praise God: God forgives our sins, heals our diseases, redeems us from death, crowns us with love and compassion, satisfies our desires, and intervenes for people who suffer injustice (103:1-22).
The best part is that we receive all these blessings without deserving any of them. And God never shows partiality—giving good things to his favorites and leaving out the others.
No matter how difficult your circumstances are today, count your blessings—past, present, and future. Keep them in mind when you feel as though you have nothing for which to praise God. If that doesn’t work, remind yourself of what God has done for you by reading David’s list.
Y'all have a blessed day and remember... Jesus loves you! 🧡
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