So dry grow the grass and the woodlands, the soil and the air, without His blessing from heaven, it gets scary. Then, at last, comes the blessing:
How I thank Him this week…
~for wet grass…
~and puddles with drops making circles..
~and moisture washing off birch catkin pollen.
~for novelty of April snow.
~for replenishing the water table, the springs in this wilderness, the wells of earthly water…
So dry my life, my mind and heart and soul once grew, living apart from Him, that this got even scarier.
So, savoring the many REASONS of Psalm 103, REASONS TO PRAISE HIM (below), my heart wells up to thank Him also…
~For overwhelming mountains of benefits He’s showered on my life, my heart, my soul:
~for forgiving me all my iniquities (so many) (Ps 103:3)
~for redeeming my life from destruction (and oh, it came so close!) (Ps 103:4)
~for pouring out on me His tender mercies and lovingkindness (Hebrew checed = boundless, merciful, steadfast, deep, strong love — for which we have no adequate English word) (Ps 103:4) I deserved none of this.
~for healing so many body afflictions:
~the sickness that nearly took my life as a small child,
~the Lyme disease of years ago that never recurred
~the herniated disc so bad I could only drag my leg and thought I’d never run or jump again (I can both run and jump for joy!)
~for allergies that once ran me down all year and set me up for every cold or flu that came along and plagued my winters with sickness — now so lessened that this winter just past brought no flus or even colds, beyond a momentary sniffle
~and someday, all my diseases will be healed, completely, forever!
~For satisfying my mouth with good things, renewing my youth like the eagle’s, with well-being better now than ten or fifteen years past.
~For His promise to bring about righteous judgment and justice for me (in His time) (Ps 103:6)
~For making His ways known to little me
~For showing me actual miracles
~as well as providential happenings, so frequent, so timely, so beyond Probability’s laws, I like to call them miracles, too.
(But there’s too much to tell about all this in just one post,
So, more another time…)
REASONS (IN GOD HIMSELF) TO PRAISE AND WORSHIP HIM
137 –He is a God of many benefits (Ps 103:2)
138 – He is willing to forgive all one’s iniquities (Ps 103:3)
139 – He redeems lives from destruction (Ps 103:4)
140 – He crowns people with lovingkindness (Ps 103:4)
141 – He crowns people with tender mercies (Ps 103:4)
142 – He satisfies people’s mouths with good things, so that their youth is renewed like the eagle’s (Ps 103:5).
143- He brings about righteous judgment and justice for all who are oppressed (in His time) (Ps 103:6)
144 – He condescended to make known His ways to little man (to Moses) (Ps 103:7)
145 – He made known His miraculous acts to His people in history (Israel) (Ps 103:7)
146 – He is merciful (Ps 103:8)
147 – He is gracious (Ps 103:8)
148 – He is slow to anger (Ps 103:8)
149 – He is plenteous in mercy (Ps 103:8).
150 – He will not always strive with us (Ps 103:9),
151 – He does not hold onto His anger forever (Ps 103:9)
152 – He doesn’t deal with His children according to what their sins deserve (Ps 103:10)
153 – He doesn’t punish them according to their iniquities (Ps 103:10).
154 – As the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him (Psa 103:11)
155 – As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us (Ps 103:12)
156 – As a compassionate father pities his children, so He pities (has compassion on) those who fear Him (Ps 103:13)
157 – He knows our frame, how we are made (Psa 103:14)
158 – He remembers that we are dust (Ps 103:14)
159 – He is so much greater, in His everlasting might and immortality, by comparison our days are but like grass gone in a wind’s breath (Psa 103:15-16)
160 – But His mercy is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him (Psa 103:17)
161 – His righteousness extends to children’s children, to such as keep His covenant, who remember and do His commandments (Psa 103:17-18)
162 – He has established His throne in heaven (Psa 103:19)
163 – His kingdom rules over all (Psa 103:19)
16 thoughts on “Showers of Blessings”
So you’re helping me see things I should be thanking Him for today as well. Thank you…
And myself, Lisa. How good these self-reminders are, springing right from scripture! The joy they can generate on a wet Monday morning! Thank you for stopping to comment.
Now you have me singing, “Bless the Lord, Oh my Soul.. .” I just love Psalm 103, and you just made it come alive with thankfulness. Thank you for that.
I’m singing with you, Cora. I love both song and psalm, and every time I begin reading or reciting the psalm, I want to break into the song. So glad to have you duet-ing with me!
Singing and praising with you.
This does feel like a chorus of praise together! God bless.
I like your #139. Redeemed a life from destruction, me too, girl, me too. My life before Christ was heading there quick fast and in a hurry.
Loved all of your pretty snow pictures, as someone that is new to the Midwest and the wintry snow, it’s something you have to witness to fully appreciate the beauty of it.
Thanks Alecia. So glad you visited. This April snow, here in the Northeast this year, is a fluke. Around here we were saying we didn’t have a winter. We didn’t — this winter. Now, come spring, we got it! You never know. Hope you enjoy all your snows.
This is awesome! I am one of the rare ones who enjoy a snowfall in late spring. I’m sorry we missed out on the one that just blew over us and seemed to hit you!
Thank you for your comment on my blog. I left a reply for you! 😉
Oh, I have always loved Psalm 103! The benefits to serving God are too many to count.
Loved your list – and glad you are thankful for the novelty of April snow!
So glad you stopped over. I read your reply — and thank you for it! I’m ready for prayers anytime! And may publish a post end of this week, or next week. I think I’ve heard of the one book, will look into them both. Have surfed net and found helpful insights. I’m sure we’ll share more later. You may email me if you like. God bless your spring, snow or not. 🙂
Thanks, Jerralea. Yes, I don’t think I’ll have any trouble counting to 10,000! The April snow is nice this year b/c winter sorta wasn’t! After a long snowy winter, it’s a different story. This heavy snow did have its negatives: lots of broken trees and bushes. 🙁 Happy spring!
I love it that you thanked God for puddles making circles. I also took photos yesterday of puddles in the rain. It just made me happy. God does give us small things like that 😉
Oh, yes, the blessing that always comes, even when it all seems so dry that we fear it never will. Praise God for the grace of rain!
Yep, Mary — physically, emotionally, spiritually. I guess He gives us “waiting practice”!
Yeah, Shanda, those puddle circles just made me happy, too. 🙂
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