Sunday Devotional: Psalm 103:1-5

“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.” (Psalm 103:1-5)

In this time of Thanksgiving, we are reminded of what all we are thankful.  As followers of Jesus, we have a lot to be thankful for everyday.  Here in a portion of Psalm 103, David shares several of those things that He is thankful for that God has done.  He is thankful for the redemption that comes from the Lord.  He is thankful that God heals.  He is thankful that God rescues us and that God shows us great love and mercy.

All these things that God has shown to David, He shows to us as well.  We should, like David, sing out about God’s faithfulness and lovingkindess.  How He has redeemed us and given us new life.  How He has given us hope and salvation.  This week, let us continue to be thankful and grateful for all that God has done for us and continues to do for us through Jesus Christ.

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Sunday Devotional: Lamentations 3

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23

It is 2014.  A new year and new opportunities.  It is also a reminder of how much we are loved by God.  He brings us new blessings every day.  The book of Lamentations was written by Jeremiah, someone who saw the roughest times in the history of the Israelites.  He saw the people get taken into captivity of Babylon.  It was a dark time and yet there was still hope.  Jeremiah reminds us that God’s love is not failing.  It does not end.  He is still faithful.

So as we begin a new year, let us be reminded of this unchanging fact.  We can return to God.  Each new day is a blessing and a gift from Him.  May each day in 2014 be a reminder of that blessing even in the midst of tough times.