if I never get another blessing from God

I was talking with a friend the other day about how easy it is to complain.  Unlike what Psalm 103 commands, I forget the many benefits that God has given to me.  Circumstances, stress, pain and confusion seem bigger than the blessings of God.  But the reality of my life is that if I never receive another blessing from God, I have more than enough reason to praise Him for all of eternity.

Six years ago, my life was headed straight towards Hell.  Then God arrested my heart, convicted me of my need for His salvation, and in mercy, He changed my desires and ways.  With joy, I accepted a life as His servant, aware that freedom from eternal slavery was being offered to me.

I never want to forget that the LORD has been merciful and gracious to me.  He proved himself to be slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love (and He continues to prove this faithfulness as He sustains me each day, Psalm 103:8).  So, when my life seems to take a wrong turn, when my proverbial “fig tree” doesn’t seem to be blooming, when my life is full of troubles and cares, I can take hope in what God has already done.  The God who sent His son to die for me, will not leave me hopeless in my circumstances.

As I remember what God has done, my heart naturally turns from complaining to rejoicing.  I can wait for the Lord, like David did in Psalm 27, as I remember the goodness of the Lord to me.  (I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living!  Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!  Psalm 27:13-14)

I’m troubled but i’m not cast down
For You are here with me
Though winds may blow and waves will roar
Your love will never cease
I’ll trust in You.  I’ll look to You
I’ll find my rest in You
When the seasons change and storm clouds blow
I’m kept in perfect peace.

[copyright, 2010, Emily Schankweiler; A Sacrifice of Praise]