Forget Not All His Benefits

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.


Careful Faithfulness

Wait upon God and be sure of remembrance

It is said, “The Lord remembered Noah,” wherein is discovered to us the most faithful care and careful faithfulness that is in Almighty God for His true servants.

He looks upon their perils, He sees their dangers, and in His due time He remembers to relieve and release them, as He did here Noah and his family. Can the bride forget her ornaments? Can the mother forget her child? These things are not easily done, though they might be done, but the Lord cannot forget His, who making Him their God, He has made His servants, and written them in His hand, and has made them as signets on His right finger, that He may never forget them, “O Lord,” said David, “what is man that thou art mindful of him, or the son of man that thou so regardest him?” (Ps 8:4). Wait then upon God’s leisure as Noah did, and be sure of remembrance in due time as he had.

—Gervase Babington (1550-1610)

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