“Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits-
Who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
Who satisfies your desires with good things…”
Psalm 103: 1-5
As with all God-breathed and inspired scripture, these verses are so beautifully written in the perfect and most gracious order that our God works. We cannot come to Jesus without realizing our need for a Savior, without recognizing our sin & complete wretchedness apart from Him. But then comes the beauty of His working power. There is a process of healing, growth and sanctification that begins to take place as we place ourselves under the authority of God’s love & grace. David portrays it magnificently in Psalm verses 3-5:
He forgives us all our sins… Praise you Jesus that there is now no condemnation in Christ. Your life paid the debt and your blood washed us clean.
He heals us… Oh the healing we are in need of! Thank you Lord that your love & grace bring the healing balm our hearts desperately need.
He redeems us… Thank you that what satan intended for harm, You can turn to good- for our full redemption:
“Our willingness to place ourselves in God’s holy hands leads to full redemption. Full redemption is when the pain is treated and turned around so thoroughly that it not only loses it’s power to do you harm but also gain the power to do some good.” (Beth Moore- I don’t know where I found this quote. I’ve had it in my Bible for years)
He crowns us… Girls we have been made royalty and are loved by the King. The scarlet letter has been removed and a crown of rubies placed upon our heads. He is so worthy of praise.
He satisfies our desires… In order to keep us healthy and whole, God in His sovereignty knows that He must be our greatest delight and satisfaction.
“We were created to treasure Christ will all of our hearts. One reason lust (and unhealthy addictions) reign in so many is that Christ has so little appeal. We default to deceit because we have little delight in Christ…Look, look, look at the most magnificent Person in the universe until you see Him the way He is.” (John Piper- Pierced by the Word)
Lord satisfy us today in you. For you alone complete, bring joy, satisfy and quench our thirsty souls.