A Sign in the Cul-De-Sac

Bless the LORD, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name. 
Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits; 
Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; 
Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; 
Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.
The LORD performs righteous deeds And judgments for all who are oppressed.
    — Psalm 103:1-6 (NASB)

While taking a walk, I saw a sign on the front lawn of a home, at the end of a neighborhood cul-de-sac. The sign said, Bless the Lord, O my soul and forget none of His benefits…Psalm 103. I was vaguely familiar with those verses but could only recall a couple of benefits. When I returned home, I checked my Bible because I wanted to see what I was missing.

If we work full-time and are promised benefits, we want to know what they are so we can use them when necessary. If we don’t realize that dental care or eye exams are part of the package, we will either neglect to have those exams or will pay out of our own pocket. Work benefits may include: insurance coverage for hospitalization, paid vacation, sick time, and retirement compensation, which are wonderful blessings to have.

While work benefits improve our quality of life, how much greater are God’s promises to us! If we will reach out and receive what He has given to us, our lives will be transformed. Sometimes we forget to take full advantage of His generous benefits.

Here are some of Psalm 103’s benefits:
 • God pardons all my iniquities
 • God heals all my diseases
 • God redeems my life from the pit
 • God crowns me with loving-kindness and compassion
 • God satisfies my years with good things so that my youth is renewed like the eagle

Thank you for the work of the cross. Your benefits are an incredible gift to us. Help us to not forget these benefits and to use them appropriately. Amen.