“Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—” Psalm 103:1-2 NIV
Because of our human nature, when we are content with life and the things around us, we tend to forget the Lord. We fail to praise Him; we fail to lean on Him and to trust Him for our direction in life. We become complete in ourselves. We forget that we need Jesus and others to stand with us in this life to make it through.
But when sorrows, trials and losses come – and they will! – we are reminded once again of our frailties. When we reach the end of our rope, we finally remember to cry out to God and learn to trust Him for our daily bread. There in His arms we find true happiness and peace in the midst of all the turmoil when we turn our gaze upon His lovely face.
If we develop an attitude of praise and daily remembering God’s benefits, we may actually be spared some of the hardships of life – or at least when they do come, they won’t tear us apart so badly because we already know where our strength comes from. We won’t spend so much time wallowing in our pit of despair, but will be able to go right to the Source of our strength.
So my friends, my wish for the New Year for you is not that you will have a happy new year filled with happy events and experiences, but that you will “Forget not all His benefits” – learning to curl contentedly in the Father’s hands, the most joyous place of all during this New Year of 2012.