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

God’s children, when they have tasted of his mercy, break forth into his praise

This is the ultimate end of all of God’s blessings. Knowing this should stir us up all the more to this end.

Let us take notice of all God’s favours and blessings

Knowledge stirs up the affections. Blessing of God springs immediately from an enlarged heart, but enlargement of heart is stirred up from apprehension. For as things are reported to the knowledge, so the understanding reports them to the heart and affections. Therefore it is a duty that we ought to take notice of God’s favours, and with taking notice of them, to mind them, to remember them, forget not all his benefits.

—Richard Sibbes
Adapted from The Complete Works of Richard Sibbes, 3:24.


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