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, Psalm 103:1-2
When I left school, I served an apprenticeship with the Postmaster General’s Department as a Telecommunications Technician. The PMG eventually became Telstra (Australia’s telecommunications carrier) and, after many years in this chosen career, promoted through the ranks to eventually become the national administrator of a major project with Telstra.
My career took me to places rarely seen by the general public and had certain privileges and benefits.
The experiences gained have helped equip me for the ministry I now enjoy and I fondly remember those good old days that are no more. The world has changed.
The benefits and privileges we took for granted now seem to be a thing of the past. Permanent job security is often a memory, often replaced by casual or temporary work.
We all like benefits and privileges that include good pay, good working conditions, a car in the garage, holidays and the like.
The psalm I quoted tells us not to forget God’s benefits. Let me share some thoughts on God’s benefits. As you ponder and reflect on them, you will see that there are many.
The Hebrew word for benefits is gemûl and it speaks about recompense, reward and so on. When we talk of recompense, there can be two sides to the coin. One is the unpleasant side of recompense as in judgment. If you break the law, you could be arrested, brought before a judge and sentenced for that crime. Thankfully the judgment for our crime against God was meted out onto Jesus at Calvary. The sin issue was dealt with there, so we can now look at the benefit aspect from a different perspective.
Look with me now at Exodus 3:21.
Moreover, I will make the Egyptians so well-disposed toward this people that when you go, you won’t go empty-handed.
God wanted to make sure that his people were not just set free after many years of hard bondage, but they came out with the benefits and privileges of freedom. Psalm 105:37 states-
He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.
The privileges and benefits included financial stability and security and physical health. Can you imagine never getting sick? Think about never having to replace worn out clothing. We shall see more of this and look for the link to the full story next time .