Jimmy McNeal

 
 

Jul 19, 2013

Forget not all His benefits

"Forget not all His benefits."

— ps 103:2

As I get older I realize that sleeping in becomes more of a dream than a reality. Last Saturday was just that. It was the day after "#Flight360" camp and this brotha was exhausted. When my eyes opened that morning I thought that I had at least slept for about 10 hrs, but nope, not this guy. To my surprise there was little light outside and it was early, I mean early, and for some reason I just couldn't fall back asleep. So I just did what you do on days like that. I laid there. I laid there staring at the ceiling fan above me and had this urge to read my bible but was fighting it. I didn't want to pray nor did I want to read my bible, I just wanted to go back to sleep, but I couldn't shake this feeling. So I begrudgingly grabbed my phone and opened my bible app. My resistant response soon became a time of worship. Tears ensued and I knew why I couldn't fall back asleep. This was the devotional by Charles Spurgeon that I came across that morning which triggered that response.

"Forget not all His benefits."

— ps 103:2

"It is a delightful and profitable occupation to mark the hand of God in the lives of ancient saints, and to observe his goodness in delivering them, his mercy in pardoning them, and his faithfulness in keeping his covenant with them. But would it not be even more interesting and profitable for us to remark the hand of God in our own lives? Ought we not to look upon our own history as being at least as full of God, as full of his goodness and of his truth, as much a proof of his faithfulness and veracity, as the lives of any of the saints who have gone before? We do our Lord an injustice when we suppose that he wrought all his mighty acts, and showed himself strong for those in the early time, but doth not perform wonders or lay bare his arm for the saints who are now upon the earth. Let us review our own lives. Surely in these we may discover some happy incidents, refreshing to ourselves and glorifying to our God. Have you had no deliverances? Have you passed through no rivers, supported by the divine presence? Have you walked through no fires unharmed? Have you had no manifestations? Have you had no choice favours? The God who gave Solomon the desire of his heart, hath he never listened to you and answered your requests? That God of lavish bounty of whom David sang, "Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things," hath he never satiated you with fatness? Have you never been made to lie down in green pastures? Have you never been led by the still waters? Surely the goodness of God has been the same to us as to the saints of old. Let us, then, weave his mercies into a song. Let us take the pure gold of thankfulness, and the jewels of praise and make them into another crown for the head of Jesus. Let our souls give forth music as sweet and as exhilarating as came from David's harp, while we praise the Lord whose mercy endureth for ever."

- Charles Spurgeon

 

"Let us review our own lives" moved me to write down the things that I know were an act of God that week. As I began to write tears began to well up inside me. "Hath he never listened to you and answered your requests?" While I wrote about the many lives that were changed at camp I began to think even further back and write down things God had done this year. Tears began streaming down the sides of my cheeks as I thought about the many ways He's been faithful, answered prayers, shown Himself trustworthy, and just blessed already this year. I just couldn't help myself. My response was worship. 

I wonder if you've ever done something like this before. When was the last time you just sat in awe of what God has done for you? I want to encourage you to take a moment, TODAY actually, and do just that. I'd encourage you not to just think about what God has done for you, but actually write them down and see a glimpse of His faithfulness in your own life.

"Surely the goodness of God has been the same to us as to the saints of old." 

My prayer is that as you write, read, and think through those things that your response would be the same, WORSHIP.

Nothin' but love,

Jimmy

 


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