Bless the Lord

Date: Monday, March 24

ScripturePsalm 103

Verse: Bless the Lord, O my soul, / and do not forget all his benefits— / who forgives all your iniquity, / who heals all your diseases (Psalm 103:2-3)

In our 9:45 service we sing a popular contemporary worship song called “10,000 Reasons” by Matt Redman where the chorus echoes the first verse of today’s psalm. “Bless the Lord, O my soul, O my soul. Worship his holy name,” the song opens, calling us to a time of worship. The psalms are filled with praises to be read and sung about how wonderful God is. Some of the virtues of God listed in Psalm 103 are his forgiveness, healing of diseases, redemption, love, mercy, giving of good gifts, and strength throughout our lives (see verses 2-5). 

This week as we continue our focus through Lent on our health, we turn this week toward looking at the connection between our faith and our health, which draws our attention to verse 3 telling us the Lord “heals all your diseases.” We know far too well, this doesn’t seem to be the case. God does not heal all our diseases. We know far too many who have suffered, and more who have been taken from us far too soon because of disease. 

The psalmist is reminding of a day to come – the Day of the Lord, the coming of the Kingdom of God in its fullness – when all disease will be wiped from the earth. Even when we are suffering today, we know God walks through it with us every step of the way. 

Maybe for you it is not a disease, but another struggled gripping you like a broken relationship, job stress, financial problems, etc. The good news we know, is that through it all we can continue to worship God who never leaves us, and will one day restore us the people we were created to be. Because of that tomorrow, we can worship today. 

Prayer: Thank you, Lord God, for your presence in my life, even when things appear to be at their lowest. Amen. 

Action: Spend some time in worship. Here is a video of “10,000 Reasons” with which you can sing along. 

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About Joe Iovino

Christian, husband & father, Associate Pastor in Monument CO, guitar player, motorcyclist, Mets fan.
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