Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, O 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.
We’ve looked at the benefits of forgiveness and healing in the two previous articles. Today let’s rejoice in the truth that . . .
He Redeems Your Life from the Pit
If you’ve been a Christian for several years, I’m sure you will recall many “pits” of painful providence from which God has redeemed you throughout the years. But the most important pit of all is the pit of death and destruction, which looms before all of us due to our sin nature.
On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! (Luke 24:1-6)
Christianity rises or falls on the resurrection of Jesus. If He did not rise from the grave, then our faith is foolish and false and provides no eternal value to our lives. The apostle Paul acknowledged quite candidly, “If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. . . . And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins” (1 Corinthians 15:14, 17). But if Jesus did rise from the grave—which He did do and appeared to hundreds of people—then our faith is firm. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is proof positive of His victory over sin and death . . . and it guarantees the same thing for the Christian believer. God redeems your life from the pit of hell when, by grace through faith, you place your trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior. What a powerful reminder from the psalmist to “forget not” all that God has done for us in the past! He forgives all our sin, heals all our diseases, and redeems our lives from the pit.
It’s important to remember that one of the reasons David reminded us to “forget not all his benefits” is because we do forget them. We get so caught up in the details and stress of daily living that we may forget all the good our God has done on our behalf.
So as you advance into 2015 with plans and hopes and dreams for your future, forget not all that God has done for you, because what He has done in the past He will continue doing in the present . . . and all the way into your Promised Land.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!