For those of you who have ever worked a full time job, you remember all the paper work you had to fill out as soon as you were hired. Some of that paperwork consisted of what is called a benefits package. Most benefits packages consist of health care, eye care, dental care, and maybe like a fitness membership. This would be things that the company would provide for being a part of their team.
As sons and daughters of God, we are provided a benefits package. Because of God’s great love for us, He lavishes us with His benefits. David writes about them in Psalm 103:
“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 eagle’s. The Lord works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel. The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments. The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all. Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word! Bless the Lord, all his hosts, his ministers, who do his will! Bless the Lord, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the Lord, O my soul!” (Psalm 103:1-22 ESV)
David reminds himself to not forget the benefits that he has in God. He begins to list off all God’s benefits. How He forgives. How He heals, How He redeems. How He crowns. How He satisfies. How He is merciful. How He is gracious. How He is compassionate. How He loves.
So next time you are discouraged, depressed, or distraught; remember the benefits you have in God. How He has forgiven you. How He has healed you. How He has redeemed you. How He has crowned you with life. How He has satisfied you. How He has been merciful to you. How He has been gracious to you. How He has been compassionate to you. And how He has loved you.