Summary: Message touching the multiple blessings of God recorded in Eph 1
Bless the LORD, O my soul!
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;
The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.
He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever.
He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him.
As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, and His sovereignty rules over all.
Bless the LORD, you His angels, mighty in strength, who perform His word, obeying the voice of His word!
Bless the LORD, all you His hosts, you who serve Him, doing His will.
Bless the LORD, all you works of His, in all places of His dominion;
There are two reasons in these Psalms to bless or speak well of the Lord.
First, because He is very great and clothed with splendor and majesty
Second, because He has so bountifully blessed us.
The verbs are unmistakable in this Psalm.
•Redeems from certain destruction
•Crowns with lovingkindness and compassion
•Satisfies with good things
•Is compassionate and gracious
•Removed our transgressions completely
•Mindful we are fragile creatures
You would think that the recipients of such blessing would never forget how blessed they were and would not need to be reminded to “forget none of His benefits.” Yet the fact is, we do forget and need reminding just how blessed we are.
The communion service is, among other things, about remembrance. The communion table is engraved with “In remembrance of me”. Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of me.”
Most of us have observed little memorials along the road, usually a cross of some sort. Unless we have direct connection with the event memorialized by the cross, it means little to us. To those familiar with the event the symbol carries deep meaning and significance. For the Christian, the cross symbolizes a most significant, historical event as real as any event in history symbolized by a cross on the side of the road. We embrace a cross on a hill where the sinless, innocent Son of God freely gave Himself that sinful men might be saved.
WHO COMMITTED NO SIN, NOR WAS ANY DECEIT FOUND IN HIS MOUTH; and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously; and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls. 1 Peter 2:22-25 (quickview)