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Psalm 103:1-5 (ESV)

1 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and all that is within me,
    bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
    who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
    who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Recently we got to sing a song titled “All His Benefits” in the Grace Worship Choir, with music by Paul Baloche. As today is Thanksgiving, what a great day it is to thank God for all that He has done.

Thank You God for…

  1. saving a weak and foolish sinner
  2. bringing me to know You
  3. giving Your son Jesus to die on the cross for my sins
  4. rising from the dead and giving hope for the future
  5. giving me a new heart that loves You
  6. giving me Your Word in the Bible
  7. being a gracious God, who has given infinitely beyond what I deserve
  8. saving me from the lusts of my heart over and over again
  9. for Your continual forgiveness of my sins
  10. allowing me to experience sickness so that I can praise You for health
  11. reminding me again of what is most important – You!
  12. my family, who You love so much.
  13. the healing You have brought to my family all these years, and will continue to do
  14. the gift of music to praise You and be reminded of great truths from the Bible
  15. bringing my dad back to be able to live with us locally
  16. giving me time to read the Chinese Bible with my mom daily
  17. bringing me to Your Word in times of doubt and heaviness of heart
  18. loving feeble and frail sinners
  19. being the good Master, Redeemer and Friend
  20. giving my family a home
  21. giving me a place to live near my church
  22. being able to live close to family and frineds
  23. the freedom to choose to love You
  24. being able to ask You for a heart that would be wholly Yours
  25. pray at all times, coming before You with any prayer and petition
  26. the gift of sleep
  27. the piano, what a beautiful instrument
  28. hymns and songs of praise that point me back to You
  29. technology, which allows all these mediums of praise to come to me so easily
  30. being the righteous King
  31. making Yourself known to sinful man through Your Word
  32. being so patient with Your simpleminded sheep
  33. giving me a flexible job that allows me to do other things
  34. giving me a boss who is fair
  35. the joy of being able to trust in You and rest in You
  36. the name of Jesus, the sweetest of all names
  37. the grace, O for grace, to know Him more
  38. the ability to give thanks to You for all that You have done in the past
  39. for giving me life, sustaining my life, and bringing me to know You
  40. helping me to see my sins and turn away from them
  41. protecting me as I was growing up from greater forms of sin that I could have feel into
  42. giving me a brother that I can grow up together with
  43. the heart to pray continually for my family, whom You love so much
  44. the reminder to turn my eyes to Jesus, so that the things of this world would grow dim
  45. the ability to gaze into the beauty of Your Son in the Bible, the light of His glory and grace
  46. teaching me to love and speak Mandarin, that it may be used for Your glory
  47. bringing much healing from the hurts caused by my past life of sin
  48. helping me to see my pride and continually humbling me
  49. bringing me to love Your Word, though I used to draw on the Bible and not treasure it
  50. the anticipation of arriving home in heaven, where there will no more fear and death.
  51. reminding me that I Need Thee Every Hour, every second of this life
  52. bringing me to grow up with music in the house with my mom on the piano and playing the alto saxophone (though I didn’t know why at the time)
  53. drawing me to You
  54. the trials and troubles of life, which bring me back to You
  55. giving this sinner the desire to reconcile past relationships that I’ve broken off
  56. the joy of singing and being able to write songs to You
  57. teaching me how to play the guitar
  58. Your Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretched like me.
  59. finding the lost, giving sight to the blind
  60. being able to give You thanks
  61. saving me from false religion
  62. the promises of Your Word, which are true
  63. delicious food
  64. the church and the joyful fellowship of the saints
  65. loving those who are perishing
  66. having mercy on some, when You could have punished us all
  67. the privilege of praying with others in the Sunday evening prayer group
  68. the friendships and the way You have lead me to Men of the Word through them
  69. the hospitality of D and B
  70. getting to know and love my Japanese family
  71. brothers and mentors who love You and point me to You
  72. being able to spend this Thanksgiving with Your people and those You love
  73. a car that may be used for Your glory
  74. exercise to keep the body You gave me healthy
  75. the Holy Spirit, which leads me and convicts me
  76. being able to say, both now and in the future (by Your grace), that It is Well with my Soul
  77. giving trials for my good, working all things for my good
  78. being able to meet the church from other countries, seeing Your work there
  79. the day when my faith shall become sight
  80. the day when You will return and make right all that is currently wrong
  81. the time when I will get to live life with my wife and children
  82. the unknown future, but knowing that it is in Your hands
  83. bringing older brothers into my life as my example
  84. giving me a name that points to You as salvation, even when I did not know or care for You
  85. teaching me to build My Hope on nothing less, but Jesus and His righteousness
  86. being my support in the overwhelming flood of trials in life
  87. hands that can type out these praises
  88. a heart that echos these praises
  89. eyes that can see what You have made and give praise to You
  90. teaching me to cherish time, knowing that the days are evil
  91. teaching me to read more and more, learning from those who went before me
  92. teaching me how to play the guitar so that I can praise You
  93. clothes, food and shelther
  94. the opportunity to pray for and think about others
  95. the reminder today to praise You
  96. a heart that praises the Father, Spirit and Son. the Holy Trinity, our God three in one
  97. being able to cry out “Abba, Father”
  98. the freedom to do something like this list of praise
  99. the joy of bowing the knee before You
  100. For Your love, as far as the east is from the west have You forgiven my sins
  101. a laptop to work and glorify You, even protecting it from robbers
  102. glasses to help me see
  103. for being my Friend. What a privilege to carry everything to You in prayer.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s in moments like these that God reminds, again, that He is faithful. Thank you.

In moments like these I sing out a song,
I sing out a love song to Jesus.
In moments like these I lift up my hands,
I lift up my hands to the Lord.

Singing I love You, Lord.
Singing I love You, Lord.
Singing I love You, Lord,
I love You.

 

Isn’t God amazing?

The Gospel, His plan of salvation and redemption for mankind.

For people who are far from being perfect, He has given perfect love.

i am nothing, yet I am loved by the One who will never leave me and let go of me

not because of who i am, but because of who He is.

 

“What if the trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise?” – Laura Story

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds.” – James 1:2

It is through seeing just how disgusting I am that God’s love becomes even harder to understand, but praise God!

If I could understand God’s being it would be too much for me.

 

False humility is the worst kind of pride; it esteems oneself above others. In trying to become the first by becoming the last, I have truly become the last by trying to become the first.

False humility makes people uncomfortable; true humility leads people to praise Christ. May God continue to chip, break away at my cheap counterfeits and replace them with His very own. There is so much to change, if not everything!

My heart is beating; if it would just only beat for God’s will to be done.

Such an ugly heart, evil mind, rebelling with everything that I have.

 

I will still cheat, I will still hate, I will still run the other way.

 

And yet, You still love me. Thank You, Jesus.

“Though the sorrow may last for the night, joy comes with the morning.”

 

God, why did you make the stars?

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