“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.” (Psalm 103:2) A child of God is loaded with benefits beyond comprehension. It is important that Christians purposefully remember and make use of these benefits on a regular basis. Here are five of those benefits that a believer should seek out every day.
- Mercy – Webster’s 1828 Dictionary describes mercy this way, to treat an offender better than he deserves.” The greatest demonstration of mercy is found in Titus 3:5 which says, “according to his mercy he saved us.” How can a believer obtain mercy each day? First, Psalm 103:17 says that the mercy of the LORD is “upon them that fear him.” Second, God says to simply ask for mercy in Hebrews 4:16. “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy.” Third, God says that His mercy may be gained by showing mercy to others. Matthew 5:7 says, “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.”
- Grace – Grace is defined in the same Webster’s Dictionary as “the favorable influence of God.” It is encouraging to know that a Christian can enjoy the benefit of God’s favorable influence on his decisions, relationships, and activities. God’s Word clearly states that this favorable influence is accessed when a believer humbles himself before God and admits his complete dependence on God. James 4:6 says, “But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.”
- Faith – Faith is defined in the dictionary as “the judgment that what another states is the truth.” Hebrews 11:1 declares that faith is “the evidence of things not seen.” In other words, a Christian takes God at His word and provides evidence of his faith with action. Romans 10:17 says that faith is gained by hearing God’s Word. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” Mark 9:24 indicates that faith can also grow by exercising the faith one already has. A man told Jesus, “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.”
- Wisdom – Wisdom is more than knowledge or information. It is described as “the right use or exercise of knowledge.” Every Christian daily needs God’s wisdom to make use of the knowledge he has in order to make decisions that will bring glory to God. James 1:5 says, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God.” Proverbs 2:14 says to search for wisdom as for “hid treasures.”
- Peace – Webster describes peace as “freedom from agitation and a quietness of mind.” There is only one way to enjoy this precious benefit. Isaiah 26:3 says, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”
Every Christian should strive to “forget not all his benefits.” Every Christian should daily follow God’s instructions for obtaining these benefits!
The Rev. Timothy Benefield is pastor of Golden Valley Baptist Church. Sermon Notes is a column by local religious leaders.