Are You Satisfied?

“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:DSCF1514

  • Who forgiveth all thine iniquities;
  • who healeth all thy diseases;
  • Who redeemeth thy life from destruction;
  • who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
  • Who satisifieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagles.” Psalm 103:2-5

The Lord has blessed His children with all of the above. Now, we bless(give honor) Him in remembering who He is and who He has made us.

“Who forgiveth all thine iniquities…For thou, LORD, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee… Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more… (Ps. 86:5; John 8:11).

“…who healeth all thy diseases…I said, LORD, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee…Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee…Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. (Ps. 41:4;Matt. 9:2b,6b; 1Peter 2:24).

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“Who redeemeth thy life from destruction…Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father… Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us…By this I know that thou favourest me, because mine enemy doth not triumph over me. And as for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity, and settest me before thy face for ever.” (Gal. 1:4; Heb. 9:12; Ps. 41:11,12).

“…who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies…Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.” 1John 3:1-3.

DSCF1527“Who satisifieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagles…For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness… But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you… but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day… Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”(Ps. 107:9; Matt. 6:33; 1Cor. 4:16; Phil. 4:11-13).

So, are you satisfied with the life you’re living? If not, why? Could the answer be found in what you are filling it with? How do today’s verses speak to your need?

If you know the blessedness of being forgiven, redeemed, and satisfied, then return the blessing to the Lord by:bloggratitude-1201944_960_720

  • Going and sinning no more.
  • Living in the healing of your soul.
  • Living in victory over the enemy.
  • Living in the sure hope of the Lord’s coming.
  • Seeking the kingdom of God and His righteousness.
  • Walking in the strength of Christ.

“Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen, and Amen.” Ps. 41:13.

Do You Remember When?

“And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness…” Deut. 8:2a. The first of Moses’ three farewell addresses calls for remembrance.

The cry across our country bewails our past and advocates destroying any offensive emblems of our history. According to the Lord’s words to the children of Israel, great danger lurks in forgetting. He calls them to remember all the way. We should learn from them.

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“…remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee in the wilderness…But made his own people to go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock. And he led them on safely, so that they feared not: but the sea overwhelmed their enemies… Then believed they his words: they sang his praise. They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel: But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert. And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.” (Ps. 78:52,53; Ps. 106:12-15).

Is your soul lean? What have you been feasting on? Remember where you were and where the Lord leads you. “…ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.” Eph. 2:12,13.

“…remember…the Lord thy God led thee…in the wilderness…to humble thee…And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth. But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day. And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish.” Deut. 8:17-19.

We may forget many things in this life, but the Lord God will not let us forget Him for long. “And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day… God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble… Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of God.”( Isa. 2:17; James 4:6; Matt. 5:3). Humility acknowledges your need and the Lord’s abundant, faithful provision.

“…to prove thee…to do thee good at thy latter end… the LORD you God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul… I am The LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me. So I gave them up unto their own hearts’ lust…” (Deut. 8:16b; Deut. 13:3b; Ps. 81:10-12a). Their works, their desires, proved their faith or lack thereof.

What of your works and desires? “Then said they unto him, what shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent… But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.”( John 6:28,29; Acts 10:35).

“…to know what was in thine heart…whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no… The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” (Deut. 8:2; Jer. 17:9,10).

Just as a written exam tests the extent of our knowledge of facts to show us our weaknesses and our strengths, the Lord tests our hearts to show us the same. He knows what’s there but we don’t until we have gone through the testing. His word is the grading standard.

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Heb. 4:12. What does God’s word show you concerning your heart?

Moses has called the new generation to remember and learn from the years of testing the first generation experienced. He urged them to remember the Lord God who is faithful, willing and able to deliver all He has promised.

What is it you remember in times of testing that gives you strength to endure?