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As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field. — Psalm 103:15-18

Ingrained in us is the desire to build/accomplish something permanent — isn’t going to happen! Life is not designed that way.

Only God and his purposes endure.

John the baptizer, in the Bible, uses an additional metaphor:

He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly …

He must increase, but I must decrease.” — John 3:29-30

The Best Man at a wedding knows the wedding is not about him and he’s happy with that.

As youth fades don’t be sad at the decrease, recognize your purpose and put the focus on the one whom life is, really, all about — our time comes later (Rev 19:9). Next time something you do, even with the best intentions, fails to produce results you want, offer those efforts, desires, and results as a sacrifice to Christ.

— fritz

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“and forget not all his benefits: … so that thy youth is renewed as the eagles.” – Psalms 103:2b,5b

I am old enough to have seen a lot. I’ve seen people grow old in their 30’s. I’ve seen older adults lose interest in life and start a downhill slide that others can’t stop. But I have also seen some, even in nursing homes, vibrant to the end.

Just happenstance? I don’t think so.

  • The ones I know who grew old before their time got that way through the pressures of life and their chosen lifestyle.
  • The ones loosing interest did so as one purpose for life faded after another.
  • The ones keeping their youthful outlook did it by living a daily relationship with Christ, believing his word, expecting his grace.

Everyone needs a purpose in life — the right purpose. Taking Christ as our purpose, becoming his hands and feet in this life as our goal, and experiencing his benefits keeps us involved and renewed.

Stop saying you are old. He still has important things to do through you. Start thanking God that he renews your youth like an eagle right up until it is time to go home with him.

— fritz@langgang.com

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“and forget not all his benefits: … Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things;” – Psalms 103:2b,5

We begin life experiencing everything through our mouths. Ever watch an infant with a new toy? — straight to the mouth in a quest to know how it tastes, how it feels to the tongue.

God offers satisfaction for daily experience of life. We stop trying to fill a void and start enjoying what he continuously gives.

C.S.Lewis expressed it this way,

“Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” – Mere Christianity

— fritz@langgang.com

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“and forget not all his benefits: … who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;” – Psalm 103:2b,4b

We don’t just have God’s tender mercies and loving kindness, he wants his people to remember we are crowned with them. A crown indicates special selection.

Most people come with a natural desire to be different, special, selected. Some wear funny clothes, do strange acts, give lots of money just for the sense of uniqueness. The desire to be different is God given but it can only be satisfied in Christ.

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” – 1st Peter 2:9

Following Christ is the only real alternate lifestyle — all other ways are just variations of this sinful world.

In Christ we have God’s favor, his loving kindness, his tender mercies — these are his benefits, don’t forget it.

– fritz@langgang.com

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“and forget not all his benefits: … Who redeemeth thy life from destruction;” – Psalms 103:2b,4a

To “redeem” means to buy back. When a Hebrew went bankrupt he would sometimes sell himself or his family into slavery. There were special rules for keeping Hebrew slaves — one being redemption.1 A wealthy relative could buy back their freedom!

There are two (2) areas where I rely on this verse:

First, there are different kinds of slavery. Some are slaves to addiction, ungodly relationships, destructive behavior — God tells us not to forget that he redeems us these. Jesus, our relative (human) has the spiritual currency to purchase us from any kind of slavery. He wants us to believe him when he says redemption is possible and available. Call on him for redemption.

Second, there are several kinds of destruction. There is spiritual destruction, yes, but we also find ourselves in dangerous and destructive places. Even crossing the street can be hazardous. I believe God wants us to call on him for protection. We can call out to Jesus for help. We should teach our children to cry to God for help.

Don’t just spiritualize this. Part of God’s benefits he wants us to ask for is escape from every kind of destruction.

Prayer: Jesus, show me where I need to be redeemed from destruction and be my redemption. Amen.

– fritz@langgang.com
1 – Example: Leviticus 25:47-49

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“forget not all his benefits: … who healeth all thy diseases;” – Psalms 103:2b,3b

I have personally experienced God’s healing touch and have friends who have as well. I have friends with serious chronic illnesses, enduring years with no improvement. Jennie and I have a handicapped child not expected by the medical community to recover. How should this verse be viewed?

Saying we are sick because we lack faith is like Job’s friends telling him he was suffering because he sinned — easy for them to say, they weren’t suffering, yet.

I believe God is telling us not to forget, even through the struggle and delay, that healing is for us and never give up.

Years ago circuses kept their elephants chained to tiny stakes. The large beasts could easily escape — but wouldn’t even try because when young they were chained where they could not escape, eventually resigning themselves to captivity. WE dare not let that happen to us.

I was asked recently if our handicapped child would be living with us for life. My response was that I don’t know what will happen five (5) minutes from now, how can I know what will happen for life? A change can happen at any moment and until it does God will give grace to take the next step. Expect God’s goodness — always live with the knowledge that God can do anything and that a delay, even a long one, is not final.

One thing that helps is realizing Jesus is not just the healer, he is our healing. (See also: “What He Is, Not What He Does” – June 9, 2011)

– fritz@langgang.com

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“…forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities” – Psalm 103:2b-3a

The most important benefit — Forgiveness! Remember the words of our Lord,

“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? – Jesus (Mark 8:36)

When thoughts of regret and shame over what we have done, or left undone, pass before us remember that when you gave your life to Christ he paid for every one.

In this verse the original Hebrew word translated, “all”, actually means, “all”.

— fritz@langgang.com

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