In the blessed Psalm 103 we read, “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. (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. (7) He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel. (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. (13) Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. (14) For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. (15) As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. (16) For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. (17) But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children; (18) To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them. (19) The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all. (20) Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. (21) Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure. (22) Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.” Below is an article, I posted in our church just as I received it, entitled “I Almost Forgot.” I repeat it here:
I almost forgot to thank You this morning after You woke me out of my sleep (it could have gone the other way – I could have gone to be with you). I could hear the birds singing, and I could see the faint hint of sunshine peeking through my blinds. The cool breeze from my fan blew across my face. Another spectacular day ordered by You, my Heavenly Father. As I walked across the soft carpet to wash my face, I almost forgot to thank you for the use of my legs. Did I mention the healing in my body, although it feels sore and tight from all the coughing I did last night?
I almost forgot when I opened the kitchen window and felt the cool breeze sweep in. You know how much I love this fall weather. The bright sunlight kissed my face. That was really You, wasn't it? I thought so. Did I thank you for the roof over my head? I have no idea what real poverty is like thanks to You. By the way, did you notice I didn't forget to thank You for the food on my plate?
I almost forgot to thank You for my friends. You reminded me it’s not the quantity, it's the quality. Oh yes, before I forget, thanks for the job I have. And thank you for my church, my pastor, and my church family. It's a special place to go and fellowship with the family of God and worship you when I'm not at home or work.
I almost forgot to thank You for Your goodness and Your grace. Thank you for Your mercy, which is new and fresh every morning, and your constant loving kindness towards me. As I look all around me, you have so blessed me with the gift of sight and with the gift of hearing voices. Thank you for the constant reminders of Your Word which tells me, You never leave me nor forsake me; that you are always thinking of me.
I almost forgot, but You didn't! Thanks God, I love You.
Now before you do another thing, why not stop what you are doing for the next few minutes? Pause to look up to heaven and pray to express your love and thanks to your Heavenly Father.
Again this week, The Weekly SERMON is from an extended Wednesday evening Bible Study on Developing Godly Character. May God’s blessing be upon you as you read, “Character – Where to Find Wisdom?”
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