Our devotion centers on this subject, “Balance in the Christian Life” with this thought, “A Balanced Christian Life Will Involve Praising.” My text is Psalm 103:1-2, where we see, “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:” (KJV) Living a balanced Christian life will mean that we readily acknowledge the untold blessings and benefits of our Savior upon our life and the way we acknowledge them is our “Praise!” Here in our text, David is praising God for His blessings in his life and he counsels us to not forget God’s benefits to us because it is so easy to get side-tracked and forget how good God is to us!
How often do we forget to praise God for His goodness to us? In Hebrews 13:15, we are exhorted “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.” (KJV) Isn’t it amazing that we can get excited about a home-run or a touchdown or a really good sale at the store, and when we hear a message preached on what Jesus Christ did for us to rescue us from Hell and the Lake of Fire, the Tribulation Period and living life here on this earth destitute of the love and Shepherding care of our Lord, we sit there with no visible reaction at all on our face and no heart stirring in our soul? Many times, praise will not come naturally or spontaneously. In plainer words, it takes effort to get priorities right, get our mind off of unpleasant circumstances and get zoned back in on who Jesus Christ is and what Jesus Christ has done to save our soul! This song verse just about sums it up, “Man of sorrows, what a name, for the Son of God who came. RUINED SINNERS to reclaim, Hallelujah! What a Saviour!”
Are we putting forth the effort to praise Him? We should!
Pastor Joey Durham