Psalm 103:1-22 NIV Praise the Lord , my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. 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 so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel: The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord ’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children— with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts. The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all. Praise the Lord , you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word. Praise the Lord , all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will. Praise the Lord , all his works everywhere in his dominion. Praise the Lord , my soul. (Emphasis mine)
Think about how long your current trial has lasted.
Think about the tears you have cried, the frustrations you have felt, and the prayers you have offered up to the Lord.
What if you were to take the exact same amount of time you have experienced your loss(es) and then chose to treat the Lord better than you have ever treated anyone else for the same amount of time? What if you were to serve the Lord and do whatever it took to make His name successful, and to please and bless His heart?
Sometimes, the best way to take our eyes off of our situation is to refocus on Something greater.
Take some time today and think about:
• What pleases the Lord?
• How can I show Him love?
• What does the Lord require?
• What delights His heart?
• How can I make His name and reputation more successful to those around me?
• In what ways can I bless the Lord?
Today, spend time with God...tell Him how much you love Him...adore Him...shower and praise Him with words of favor and devotion...worship Him...delight in Him.
The opposite of delighting in someone is rejecting or ignoring them.
How do we reject or ignore God?
• not making Him a priority
• not loving Him
• neglecting His Word
• not fellow shipping with Him
• not praying to Him
• ignoring or refusing to listen to His Holy Spirit
• not fully obeying Him
• not praising or worshiping Him
• blaming Him
Your loss may have happened 1 month ago, 1 year ago, or 10 years ago. As long as you have the breath of life, it is never to late to develop a meaningful, devoted, and solid relationship with Father God. He loves you and He loves when His children are sold-out in love with Him.
Today, as you ask God for your needs, consider what you can do to please God's heart.
He is so good to do so much for us and to bless us. May we all seek to be a blessing to Him too!
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Donald Jacobs is an ordained minister with the spiritual gift of teaching. He is the Associate Pastor of a non-denominational church in Los Angeles, CA.