Daily Devotional for October 31
Praise the Lord, I tell myself; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, I tell myself, and never forget the good things he does for me. —Psalm 103:1-2
Rejoice in your spiritual benefits! According to Psalm 103, your benefit package includes five specific blessings. First and most importantly, God forgives all your sins. Nothing is more valuable than having your sins removed from you, “as far as the east is from the west” (v. 12). Second, He heals all your diseases (v. 3). The root of disease sprang from the cesspool of sin in the Garden of Eden. But if the root is cut, the fruit (the disease) is also rendered powerless! Third, He ransoms, or redeems, you from death (v. 4). Satan’s power over your life is broken, for just as God redeemed Israel from the hand of Egypt, so Jesus redeemed you with the shedding of His blood. Fourth, He surrounds (“crowns” in the New International Version) you with “love and tender mercies” (v. 4). The Holy Spirit has come to rest upon your head like the anointing oil rested upon, or crowned, the Old Testament high priest. That presence will surround you with God’s mercy every day of your life. Fifth, your life will be filled with “good things” (v. 5) and your strength renewed. Your temporal and physical needs will all be supplied from God’s abundance. These are your benefits: forgiveness, healing, deliverance, anointing, and provision. Rise up today and claim your inheritance!