Letting God Means Letting Go
Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagles. Psalm 103:1-5
Did you know that God has a benefits package? He does, and it's way better than you have at your job.
I hear people give all sorts of responses to the benefits they get from their workplaces. If they pay a lot for insurance, you know, and not much vacation time, then I hear a lot of complaining. But if they get good medical coverage, retirement benefits, and vacation time, people are usually very thankful because they realize they're getting a better deal than most.
Well, I'll tell you what, there is no better benefits package to be found anywhere than the one we get with our God, and there is one and only one appropriate response.
We see this response from King David, who also had been blessed with a lot by God. I mean, he was taken from the backside of some hill where he watched sheep, delivered out of a wilderness where a mad king was hunting him down, and placed upon a throne where God gave him a promise like no one else ever received. What's David's response?
Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!
David called all that was within him-and he had a lot-to bless God's holy name. See, I think we can learn a lot from David, because, what we've done in the church of America is compartmentalize Jesus into having a bit of a slice of the pie. We give Him Sundays, and actually, we only give Him half of Sunday.
But David gives us this call today, to bless the Lord with all that is within us, all the time, never holding back, because we remember His benefits. And what incredible benefits they are! I mean, did you read the verses today?
I know some of you reading this right now are like, That's all too good to be true.
No, it really isn't. That's how good God is. But maybe it seems a little too good to be true because you've never let Him truly be God, because you've never truly completely given all that is within you to Him. He wants to give you these benefits today; will you believe Him for them?
Prayer Lord God,
Thank You that You really are so good that You give these benefits to those who will believe in You! I give my all to You today and call all that is within me to bless Your holy name!