BENEFITS

A very dear friend of mine who is a retiree of a major airline mentioned to me not long ago that the company is reducing some of their retiree benefits. Together we lamented that she won’t be allowed “companion passes” anymore for travel, and even her own travel passes will be restructured to favor the company more and the retiree less. (BTW: She and her husband are traveling as much as they can before those benefits are cut!)

Talking about benefits reminded me of Psalm 103, where the Psalmist David wrote: “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.” (verses 1 and 2)

A list of some of those benefits follows: complete forgiveness; healing; redemption; a life crowned with God’s lovingkindness and tender mercy; satisfaction and renewal. The rest of the Psalm elaborates on even more of God’s benefits. As I thought about my friend’s reduced benefits, I saw a stark contrast between her plight and God’s benefits towards us. Hers will be reduced; God’s benefits will increase and continue on throughout future generations! Look what David expressed in verses 17 and 18:

But the mercy of the Lord (BENEFIT!) is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children (BENEFIT!) to such as keep His covenant, and to those who remember His commandments to do them.

Isn’t it reassuring to know that His mercy is a benefit that will never be reduced? Isn’t it encouraging to remember that his righteousness is a benefit that will cover even our children and their children…and their children…and their children….? Understanding how God multiplies His benefits causes me to bless the Lord along with the Psalmist and praise Him – the Faithful Giver of abundant, everlasting, generation-to-generation benefits!

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