We can develop an inner attitude that keeps our spirit open to God, enabling us to abide in Christ. If we do this we will find the peace of His presence with us all day long.
However, it doesn’t take much for us to lose this sense of peace and well-being. Sometimes, it can be deliberate sin whilst at other times it is just an inner attitude: a glumness, weariness, dullness, or irritation that causes our spirits to feel shadowed.
This verse is one of the simplest ways I know of keeping right with God. It is simply to remind ourselves of the good things He has done for us.
The Psalmist goes on to list the things the Lord has done for him.
“He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!”
Psalms 103:3-5 NLT
Can you identify with this list? It is a wonderful list and it covers every aspect of spiritual life which then overflows into the natural for even our youth is renewed!
We would do well to take one of these phrases for each day of the week and make it our meditation. So, for example, on Monday take: ‘He forgives all my sin.’ On Tuesday consider ‘He heals all my diseases.’ and so on. There are six phrases, so if you begin on Monday by next Sunday at church you will have completed them all and you’ll be brimming over with gratitude. Your spirit will be full of praise and will expand in thankfulness.
Our meditations do not need to be done sitting on a mat with our legs crossed! We can learn these phrases by heart and then think of them when we’re on our way to work, when we are making tea or digging in the garden.
‘He forgives all my sins.’
The magnitude of these words! All my sins - even the worst - are forgiven as I give them up and confess them to my Saviour. They are not forgiven, so we can indulge in them again, but forgiven and forgotten, so we can be free from them.
“My sin, not in part, but the whole
Is nailed to the Cross, and I bear it no more.’
We’ve suddenly left the glumness, weariness, dullness or irritation behind. Our spirits once depressed now begin to soar. And we’ve only covered Monday's phrase.