When looking for a job one of the considerations in the offer from a perspective employer is what is the benefit package they offer. Sitting in my office,I began to think about coming to Christ and finding that He offers many benefits.
God’s offer to me for a life surrendered to Him amazed me. The more I read and study His word the more I find concerning the “benefit package” purchased for me on Calvary.
Number one is my salvation and the forgiveness of my sins. The chains of the past are broken by the power of His shed blood. He paid to ransom me from a life condemned to eternal punishment and a guarantee of everlasting life. If that is the only benefit it would be worth surrendering to Christ.
Scripture tells us “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.
I love Psalm 103: 1-5. My title for this passage is God’s Benefit Package. The Psalm begins with telling us to, “Bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord Oh my soul and forget not all his benefits.” What a wonderful way to come before the Lord. When I come I need to bless Him with everything that is within me and my soul. Bless Him by pouring out my praise, my adoration and my worship on the one who is worthy to be praised. I should never allow myself to forget all that He has done for me.
The next few verses tell me exactly what God gives me.
Verse 3: who forgives all my iniquity – my guilt worthy of punishment, my willful premeditated sins.
Verse 3b: who heals all my diseases – the stripes He bore in His body were for the healing of my sickness and diseases, mind, emotions and body.
Verse 4: who redeems my life from the pit – the pit of sin and willful pride, the pit that separates me from God and His holiness. His ransom on Calvary restores my broken relationship with God my Heavenly Father.
Verse 4b: who crowns me with steadfast love and mercy – His love knows no bounds, it is steady and sure and everlasting. He extends his mercy – willingness to forgive – He is willing to forgive and extend mercy even though I am the one that chose to walk in the way of the world. When I come to Him and ask He grants mercy and pardon.
Verse 5: who satisfies me with good – I stand amazed at the goodness of God to me – one who certainly did not deserve it.
The more I read His word and pray and seek His face, the more I understand of His love and grace. My heart and soul are overwhelmed at the benefits He daily pours into my life.