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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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28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,[a] for those who are called according to his purpose.29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. – Romans 8:28-29

Article on “The Most Underwhelmingly Astounding Fact” by Tim Challies, :

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Great article and reminder that though I am nothing before God, He chose to become nothing (Christ from God to man) to show me that I am very, very significant to Him. And you are too!

“The Bible assures us of two facts that are in no way contradictory: We are very, very small, and we are very, very significant. We are small in comparison to the infinite and eternal God who created us, but we have the utmost significance because we are created in his image. We are microscopic when compared to God, but an integral part of his plan for this universe. We are mere dust, but the Son of God saw fit to clothe himself in this dust. The most astounding fact is not that we are made of the same stuff as the stars, but that God chose to be made of the same stuff as us.”

C: God finishes justice and reconciling man to Him. He then speaks to John in future tense.

 

O: 6 To those who are thirsty God gives Himself freely to satisfy them.

7 If we seek God we will find Him, and the Lord will adopt us as His own children.

8 For the wicked and sinners, they will perish in hell.

M: Does this mean only the perfect may go to heaven? No! Romans 3:23 says “There is no one righteous, not one.” No person on earth is perfect before God. So who are those who conquer? Those who acknowledge that they have wronged God. Those who acknowledge that they have been cowards who try to run away from taking responsibility of their wrongs against God, those who acknowledge they have been believing God to be less worthy than them self, Those who acknowledge they have been trusting in their own strength, wisdom, and ideas as opposed to God’s. Those who acknowledge that they have been prostituting their strength, time, energy, life to a person/thing/idea that is not God, who alone is worthy to be lived for. Those who acknowledge that they have been liars and believing themselves to be right before a Holy God.

Those who do not acknowledge these refuse to repent and instead of freely receiving God’s gift of life, they will lose it forever.

A: Acknowledge that I am a sinner in need of God’s mercy and grace.

1. Be grateful for His grace

– Don’t take His Son’s sacrifice for granted, believing myself to have deserved any part of it.

– Give thanks to God continually for what He has done.

– Be patient towards others because whatever wrong they may do to me, I have done worse towards God in the murdering of His Son, desecrating of His name.

2. Pray and live a life that others may understand their need for a Savior and return to Him.

3. Constantly be receiving God’s gift of life.

– Meditate on the gospel

– Enjoy what He has made (food, fellowship, fun, nature, family, friends, etc.) and give thanks

– Read God’s Word and receive it, apply it, live it out.

 

C: John sees the future in a vision. Satan, the beast, the anti-christ and unbelievers are judged and cast into hell.

O: 1 New heaven and new earth come with no sea.

2 God creates the Holy City and presents it to His people

3 God chooses to live among men. We will be His people, and He our God for all eternity.

4 No more crying, no more pain. God will wipe all that away; it only exists now, while sin still exists.

5 ?Does that mean He is in the process of making all things new?

M: 1-3 When God creates the heavens and the earth, there will no longer be any sea (suffering). As we receive the Holy City as our beautifully dressed bride, even greater is that God Himself chooses to be with men and be with them, be their God. What will it be like to wait for my bride at the altar? The splendor of the Holy City will be as it, if not far greater. I long more often for my wife than for heaven though!

A: Remember the future to come

1. New heaven and new earth, no more sea (suffering).

2 Holy City will be as a beautifully dressed bride to us, the groom

3 Greatest of all, Emmanuel, God with us. Forever.

Father, in You there is no beginning and end. While I only see a portion of time, You see it all at once. Give me more of a longing for heaven and looking forward to the time when fellowship between You and all Your people will be perfect. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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