September 23, 2021

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 iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagles. (Psalm 103:1-5)
I once heard someone say that they suffer from amnesia and déjà vu at the same time. Can you imagine what a puzzling state that would be for someone? I have to say I have often wondered; do I suffer from the same dilemma? I confess I do recall a time saying, “I know I have forgotten this before.” Can you?
We certainly can forget the blessings of God, so it is always good to recount them. How do we, you ask? God is gracious to us and that He gave us a unique way to remember our Lord’s death until He returns in The Lord’s Supper. Christ wants us to remember He forgives all our iniquities, He heals all our diseases, He redeemed us, He loves us, He is merciful to us, He satisfies us, and He renews our strength. God gave us all these benefits through His Son, Jesus, God in the flesh, the substitute to punish in our place.
Friends, God dealt with Jesus, who knew no sin as a sinner, so that He could deal with sinners (us) as though we had no sin, (Galatians 2:20) says it this way, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” May we praise the Lord now by recounting the ways He has blessed us. Would you join me in a prayer from “The Valley of Vision?”
Lord Jesus, thank You for dying for me on the cross. Thank You for offering Your sinless life as a sin-sacrifice for me, and Thank You, Lord, for setting aside Your heavenly glory and coming to earth as a Man, to live a perfect life so that You could willingly give that perfect life as a ransom for many, to pay the price for all the sins of the world, and to pay the price for all my sins.
Lord, at times I realize that I have become too familiar with the story of Good Friday and Easter morning without taking to heart the deep and significant meaning of the cross, without fully understanding what it must have meant to the Father to send His only Son to die on a cross, for a rebellious race of fallen sinners, and what it fully must have meant to You, Lord Jesus to be despised and rejected by those You created and to be mocked and nailed to a cross, with men taunting and blaspheming the One, Who in love had come to rescue them from eternal separation for the Father.
Father, please give me a deeper and fuller understanding of what the cruel cross cost, so that sinners such as I might be saved by grace through faith. Father, please give me a new perspective of the cross that I have never understood before and develop in me godly awe and reverent wonderment of all that the cross should mean to me, a sinner saved by grace, through faith in Christ. In Jesus’ Name, I pray, Amen.

God Bless and have a Blessed Day, Friends <><


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