Praise the Lord! Remember the Benefits!

Bernard Gabbott - Sunday, 18 July 2021

Praise the Lord! Remember the Benefits!

What good is there in knowing God? Psalm 103 deals with that question—and it encourages the reader to praise the LORD because of ‘all his benefits’. And the benefits are summed up in his name—Psalm 103:8 is a direct quote of Exodus 34:6, where the LORD reveals his name fully to Moses. At the heart of the LORD’s name is his faithful love and compassion. His faithful love (his hesed) is his commitment to make his relationship with those who fear him work to the best of its capacity. His compassion is treating his enemy as they do not deserve, with grace and generosity and kindness. So, what benefit is there in being one of God’s people? Well, it is to know him, by his name and his deeds, which give us what we do not deserve! Moreover, this benefit is a spur to two actions: praise (as one writer said, why whinge when you can worship?), and proclamation (how good is it for others to know the LORD?).

Scripture References: Psalms 103:1-22, Exodus 34:1-9, Romans 8:31-39

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