(Part 58)


July 15, 2015

Today’s psalm:  Psalm 103:1-7

God is good! All the time! How has the Lord been truly good to us?

  • He has won for us our salvation. It is He “Who redeems your life from the pit” (v.4a). Jesus sacrificed his very life for us, so that we might be brought out of the darkness of our lives and the pit of Satan’s dominion, and brought into God’s marvelous light and His kingdom.
  • He has forgiven us our trespasses, even as we continue to sin over and over again. It is He “Who pardons all your sins” (v.3a).
  • He is always merciful and compassionate, not counting our transgressions against us but simply wanting us to experience the fullness of His love. He “crowns you with mercy and compassion” (v.4b).
  • He has poured out His bountiful gifts on us. So “do not forget all his gifts” (v.2b). God gives us the gifts of the Spirit, for our own personal spirituality and also for enabling the body to do the work of worldwide evangelization.
  • He has brought healing–physical, emotional, relational, spiritual. He “heals all your ills” (v.3b).
  • He just fills us with all good things–our life, health, provisions, family, service, etc. It is He “Who fills your days with good things” (v.5a).
  • He encourages and inspires us, and enables us to soar to heights of spirituality and Christian service. As such, “your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” (v.5b).

Well, that is more than enough reason to give God praise and thanks. “Bless the Lord, my soul; all my being, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, my soul” (v.1-2a).

But do we always just take for ourselves? Do we not rather also give? Indeed, we need to give ourselves in service to God and to the Church. The ultimate manifestation of our gratitude for God’s goodness is our own turning of our lives to Him, and our expending ourselves in His service, for His glory and the building of His kingdom.

A special focus of our service is our work with the poor. Like God, we must have a preferential option for the poor. “The Lord does righteous deeds, brings justice to all the oppressed.” (v.6). We are called to holiness and righteousness, and we help bring the righteousness of God into the world through our work of massive evangelization. Given God’s love for the poor, we are also to be God’s instruments for justice to the poor.

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