Psalm 103:1-5 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 iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
As I am at the breakfast table today, I am meditating on some of the words of “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.” Specifically I am considering why I am “prone to leave the God I love.” Or better yet, why am I prone to leave the God who loves me so?
He tremendously benefits me.
He has forgiven me of all my sins.
He has promised to heal me of all my spiritual, mental, emotional, relational, societal, global, and physical diseases.
He found me in the pit and paid the price for me. I am his, and he is mine, because he has redeemed me.
Upon my head he constantly pours out steadfast love and mercy. He does so all the days of my life.
He satisfies and renews me, and this is only a small list of what my Beloved has done and is doing for me.
Yet, despite his benefits, still I am “prone to wander and leave the God I love” – the One who loves me with an incomparable and immutable affection.
However, I am not alone in this matter. The Bible is full of stories of God’s people who continually forget him. And you my friends, you are faced with this horrible tendency as well.
We are like Adam and Eve who so quickly forgot the affectionate wisdom of their Creator.
We are like Israel who abandoned the one who brought them out of Egypt and gave them his good ordinances upon Mount Sinai.
We are like the disciples who fretted unnecessarily at the death of Jesus; they forgot his promise of a third-day resurrection.
Therefore, perhaps today we can respond as did the prodigal son who realized his rebellion and then remembered the affection of his good father.
Today, let us remember his Gospel. He lived for his own. He died for his own. He forgets not his own, but he does forget our sin.
Today, let us remember God. From his Word we know he is omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, and full of overwhelming compassion for his children. Do not belittle him by forgetting him.
Today, let us remember his Good Counsel. His ways are best, and he has clearly communicated them for us and for our children.
Yes, today, let us use this Lord’s Day to meditate and remember. And tomorrow, let us do it again, for we are consistently prone to wander, prone to leave God, and prone to forget.