This week we have been remembering the suffering of two World Wars. In Psalm 103:2 the Lord also reminds us to remember the spiritual, temporal and mental benefits of being a Christian. [Psalm 103:2].
Among the Spiritual Benefits is forgiveness. The serious problem of our sin required an immense remedy, the death of Christ. The Lord removed our sins from us an immeasurable distance, “as far as the east is from the west” [v12]. He healed us from the leprosy of sin [v3]. He redeemed us and bought us out of the devil’s pawnshop. He “crowned us with loving kindness and tender mercies” [v4]. He satisfied our mouth with “good things” [v5]. This Psalm contains no petition but is one continuous praise.
There are also Temporal Blessings for the Christian. All other things being equal we ought to be healthier because of a cleaner lifestyle. We abstain from abusive substances such as cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs, and so do not lay ourselves open to the multitude of bodily ailments that follow their use. Also, the Christian ought to be more prosperous for he does not need to spend hard-earned money on the vices mentioned or on the price of worldly entertainments. The world races after the latest fashions, and foibles, which cost a fortune. In addition, the Christian should be more stable. He can think for himself and ought not to be stampeded into useless “follow-the-leader” decisions.
There are many Mental Benefits for the Christian, especially peace. We have peace with God and from God. That produces the great blessing of contentment. The Lord knows exactly what we need and promises to supply it. To leave our lives and families in God’s control is a source of great mental stability obviating the need to worry. Ponder your blessings today. You will be surprised what the Lord hath done.