Sunday, May 20, 2012

Forgives, Redeems, Satisfies!

 1Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
 2Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
 3Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
 4Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
 5Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's. 

Forgives, Redeems, Satisfies!

Again I am amazed! David wrote this Psalm over 2000 years ago without the completed Word of God, which we have, and yet He articulated the length, breadth, and height of the meaning of God's love for His children. We understand from Psalm 103 why David was known as a man after God's own heart. 

David began this psalm by pouring his heart--even his soul out to the Lord, imploring his soul to bless the LORD. All of his success, all of his hopes, and all of his dreams were centered upon the LORD as he reiterated the benefits he received from the Lord.

What were those benefits? He summarized all that he knew and loved about God in five words: forgives, heals, redeems, crowns, satisfies. Truly God did for David and does for us what no one or no thing on this earth can do.

Who can forgive, but God? Oh, we can perhaps forgive one another for the little wrongs--or even at times great wrongs that someone does to us, but can we forgive all of their sins? Can we forgive all of our sins? We may feel that we are a pretty good person, maybe even better than most, so what is there to forgive? Then we stand before a holy and righteous God and understand that our hearts are black with corruption before God. 

But the Lord came to this earth, took on the form of a man, lived a perfect and holy life, and was crucified. Why? He came so that He might pay the penalty that we owe before God because of our sins. He who knew no sin, became sin for us. Why? So that we can appear before God, clothed in righteousness--clothed in His righteousness.

Who can heal all of our diseases? None but God. The physician may do great things, but only God can truly heal. Our bodies suffer from disease and corruption on this earth, but when we appear in heaven before God, there will be no diseases--no imperfections in our bodies.

Our lives are cursed from conception--doomed to destruction. Who redeemed us? Christ--the only One who was worthy to stop our cascading down the slippery slope to eternal death. He, who knew no sin, planted our feet upon the solid Rock--the rock of Christ!

How can it be that sinners such as us can be crowned with loving kindness and tender mercies? Christ, who loves us with an everlasting love, chose us before this world was even formed, cleansed us from the blight of sin, and crowned us with His tender love and mercies.

What is the only response to such a great and mighty God as this? What is the only response to a Savior who has done what no other can? We fall before our dear Lord and Savior satisfied! Nothing in this world brings true satisfaction, but Christ. Our needs are met, our bodies are clothed with His righteousness, we are crowned with His tender love and mercy, and we are satisfied.

Go, then, and mount up your wings as eagles, and fly into those outstretched arms of love and be satisfied.

Amen! Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus!

God Bless You,
Linda


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