“Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion. Who satisfies your desires with good things…”
I’ve found that reading this Psalm is a perfect antidote to discontent. Whenever I feel a creeping sense of frustration about life – plans not moving forward at my pace, an opportunity I liked fizzling out…whatever – one read through of this Psalm sets my heart right.
King David understood the need for us to worship, and he truly loved to do it. Did you notice, though, how in verse 1 and 2 he adds, “my soul” after his call to worship? It’s as if David wants to be transparent, letting us know we all can forget God’s blessings and fall into discouragement as a result.
This list He gives, as amazing as it is, barely scratches the surface of what our Heavenly Father does for us. David lived long before Jesus walked the earth, and only saw glimpses of miracles yet to come. But, he used what he did know about: namely accounts of God revealing Himself to His people through the years.
I think this Psalm resonates with me so much because these “benefits” reveal truths about God’s love that fill me up with gratitude. In the NIV version, the word ‘compassion’ is used 3 times, along with others like ‘gracious’ and ‘righteousness.’ Such a strong reminder leads me to reminisce about how God has cared for me. Suddenly, my problems and complaints lose their importance, and gladness starts to take over discontent.
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