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When you bless the Lord and His holy name, you should bless Him because of all of the different things He does for you.
2. Six Reasons to Bless the Lord found in Psalm 103.
David gives us the following six titles of God as reasons why we should bless the Lord.
1. Forgiver of sins . . . who forgives all your iniquities.
2. Healer . . . who heals all your diseases.
3. Redeemer . . . who redeems your life from destruction.
4. Blesser . . . who crowns you with loving kindness.
5. Satisfier . . . who satisfies your life.
6. Strength . . . who renews your strength like the eagles.
Talk to yourself about these six things God has done for you. But remember, this is only a beginning, why your soul ought to “Bless the Lord.” Probably there a thousand other things for which we should bless the Lord.
3. Forget not all His benefits.
When you daily bless the Lord, you do not forget His benefits. If you were to think of all He’s done for you, you would not forget His benefits. If you were to look at all of your needs, and problems to see how God has helped you thus far, you would not forget His benefits.
B. BLESS THE LORD BECAUSE HE FORGIVETH ALL YOUR INIQUITIES.
Some listening to my voice think that you have committed such a grievous sin that God cannot forgive you. Listen to the words of the prodigal son who left his father, took all of his inheritance, squandered it, and ended up in misery. He felt he could not be forgiven. He came back to his father to beg, "I have sinned against heaven and before Thee and am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of you hired servants" (Luke 15:18-19).
This is a young man who thought his father couldn’t forgive him, even though he wanted forgiveness. When he went back to his father, the father did more than forgive him. "When he was yet a far way off, his father saw him, and had compassion and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him" (Luke 15:20). When the father listened to what the son said, "The father said to his servants, ’Bring forth the best robe and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: and bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry; for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found’" (Luke 15:22-24).
Dr. Towns told a story in Sunday School class the other day, but many of you did not hear it; and I think it is worth telling it again. Johnny was a young boy who made a slingshot, and went through the farmyard shooting at the different animals but the boy missed the dog, the cat; and when he went into the field, he shot at a rabbit and a bird. He missed everything. Coming back into the farmyard, the boy shot at his grandmother’s favorite goose, he hit the goose in the head, and killed it dead. Johnny was terrified because he loved his grandmother, and yet he killed her favorite goose. He ran to the tool shed, got a shovel, and buried it in back of the barn; thinking no one saw it.
That evening after supper, Grandmother said to Johnny’s sister, Mary Lou, "I want you to wash the dishes." But Mary Lou turned to her brother and said, "Johnny wants to wash the dishes." Then she whispered to him, "Remember
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