SATURDAY 29TH DECEMBER, 2018
THEME: HIS BENEFITS
TEXT: PSALM 103:1-14
MEMORY VERSE: PSALM 103:8 “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love” (NIV).
All of God’s creation enjoys divine providence as Jesus Christ emphasised that God sends rain on both the righteous and the unrighteous. Likewise, the sun shines on all to give light and warmth (Matthew 5:45). Imagine that these general benefits are not available for all the world would be in utter chaos and worse than what we may be experiencing at the moment.
However, those that confess and fear the Lord have unique benefits, ‘How joyful are those who fear the Lord—all who follow His ways! You will enjoy the fruit of your labour. How joyful and prosperous you will be! Your wife will be like a fruitful grapevine, flourishing within your home. Your children will be like vigorous young olive trees as they sit around your table. That is the Lord’s blessing for those who fear Him’ (Psalm 128:1-4 NLT). Say Amen to that. It is a very natural thing for children who are respectful to their parents and are hard working to attract special favours from them.
Psalm 103 speaks of 30 expanded benefits from the Lord some of which are forgiveness of our sins and healing of our diseases, redemption from death, crowning with love and tender mercies, filling of our lives with good things and renewal of our strength. Mark out the other benefits in the 22-verse psalm of David. These benefits stem from a relationship with God Almighty which Jesus Christ made possible as the mediator between humanity and God through His death on the cross. The ultimate of these benefits is eternal life with God (John 3:16). Some people see eternal life as utopia or non-existent but the Holy Spirit continues to testify of this and it is true.
HYMN: EMHB 559 – COME, O MY GOD, THE PROMISE SEAL
PRAYER: Merciful God, I believe You for all the benefits You have given me. Renew my life like the eagle’s and wipe out all the diseases and sins attacking me and make me whole in Jesus’ name. Amen.