Bi-vocational Small Church Ministry Coordinator

        Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits  Psalm 103:2 (KJV)

 

 

       I don’t know about you, but with all the “stuff” going on around us, I’ve been having a hard time lately keeping my focus where it should be.  The virus and the inundation of the news media’s reporting about it is wearing us all thin.  Add in their saturation of viral negativity in the political arena, replete with all the name calling, mud slinging, and misinformation, and it’s enough to put us all in a foul mood or else make us angry to the point of running up our blood pressure.  That’s to say nothing about all the crime, violence, protesting and other such events that fill up the news broadcasts.  No wonder so many people are on edge and bordering on depression.  Many seem to be going through life in a fog.

Folks, many of us have lost our focus.  We need to be reminded of some things – wonderful things that are still present in our lives – things God has done and is doing every single day.  We need to come out of the fog many are struggling with and into a different fog where we Focus On God.  Listen to the words of David, the psalmist, from Psalm 103 and be reminded of God’s benefits to us that have not vanished due to the   pandemic, nor have they been diminished by current circumstances and conditions. I have put in bold type some of my favorite benefits mentioned in this psalm. I hope you will meditate on the words of this psalm as you read them and let them permeate your mind, heart, and soul.  Let them minister to you and be an        encouragement to you.

 

 

1 Praise the LORD, my soul! Praise His holy name, all that is within me. 2 Praise the LORD, my soul, and    never forget all the good He has done: 3 He is the one who forgives all your sins, the One who heals all your diseases, 4 the One who rescues your life from the pit, the One who crowns you with mercy and      compassion, 5 the One who fills your life with blessings so that you become young again like an eagle. 6 The LORD does what is right and fair for all who are oppressed. 7 He let Moses know His ways. He let the Israelites know the things He had done. 8 The LORD is compassionate, merciful, patient, and always ready to forgive. 9 He will not always accuse us of wrong or be angry {with us} forever. 10 He has not treated us as we deserve for our sins or paid us back for our wrongs. 11 As high as the heavens are above the earth— that is how vast His mercy is toward those who fear Him. 12 As far as the east is from the west— that is how far He has removed our rebellious acts from Himself. 13 As a father has compassion for his children, so the LORD has compassion for those who fear Him. 14 He certainly knows what we are made of. He bears in mind that we are dust.  15 Human life is as short-lived as grass. It blossoms like a flower in the field. 16 When the wind blows over the flower, it disappears, and there is no longer any sign of it. 17 But from everlasting to everlasting, the LORD'S mercy is on those who fear Him. His righteousness belongs to their children and grandchildren, 18 to those who are faithful to His promise, to those who remember to follow His guiding principles. 19 The LORD has set His throne in heaven. His kingdom rules everything. 20 Praise the LORD, all His angels, you mighty beings who carry out His orders and are ready to obey His spoken orders. 21 Praise the LORD, all His armies, His servants who carry out His will. 22 Praise the LORD, all His creatures in all the places of His empire. Praise the LORD, my soul!     Psalm 103:1-22 (God’s Word Translation)  

 

 

Next time you’re feeling down and the devil is trying to tell you things are not going to get any better, just remember, this too shall pass.  Remind the devil that he is defeated and that your God is greater than anything the devil  and his minions can throw your way.  Oh yeah, also tell that no good, lying old snake that you’ve read the back of The Book and WE WIN!! 

 

Working Together in His Service,

 

Roy   Pr. 3:5-6