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November 22, 1994

Everything I Need

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Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. PSALM 103:1-5
While many psalms repeat the same thing over and over again, this one is more of a laundry list of the wonderful things that God does for us.
He forgives our sins, He heals all our diseases, He redeems our lives from the pit, He crowns us with love and compassion, and He satisfies our desires for good things. In other words, everything we need to make our lives complete and fulfilled, God ultimately provides. There is nothing we can obtain on our own or from anyone else that will provide more meaning than what He willingly gives us.
Our jobs might give us satisfaction, but they are from God. Our families may give us meaning and companionship, but they are from God. Our ministries might provide fulfillment, but they also are from God.
When God bestows all the blessings enumerated in Psalm 103:1-5 on us, our youth will be renewed like the eagle’s. Have you ever seen an eagle struggling and flapping in the air? Of course not. It flies effortlessly, using the currents of the wind to transport it. The same is true for us. Once we experience all the extravagant benefits that a life with Christ offers, we are infused with His strength, and we can soar with the eagles.
Take some time to remember all the benefits that accompany your life with Christ. He truly is everything you need, and knowing that should make your heart break out in a song of praise to Him.

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