Reasons to Rejoice

The weeks following Easter always lift my spirit. Not only do I get to enjoy the beauty of the season with its blooming flowers and budding trees, I also get to bask in the joy of remembering all God has done for me in Christ. His death and resurrection literally redefine life for those who believe.  No event in all of human history has impacted the world more than the divine sacrifice that bridged the gap between God and man.

Gratefulness and wonder overwhelm me when I consider the enormity of the gifts offered to us through the Lord’s passion. So when I read Psalm 103 this past week, I couldn’t resist sharing. This psalm offers us a vivid reminder of the blessings, the character, and the love of God.

dandelionseedsThrough his Son, God fulfills his promise not only to forgive us, but to fling our sins away like dandelion seeds on the wind. “For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us” (vss. 11-12).

In addition to his incredible mercy, God also promises to heal us, to renew and refresh us, and to satisfy us with good things (vss. 3-5).  Blessing upon blessing is available to us by God’s grace through his Son.

The psalmist continues his exaltation by reminding us that “the Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love” (vs. 8). His patience and love envelop us and extend far beyond what we can imagine. Verse 17 tells us that his love never ends, and I Peter 3:9 reminds us that “the Lord isn’t slow about keeping his promises, as some people think he is. In fact, God is patient, because he wants everyone to turn from sin and no one to be lost” (CEV).

No wonder the psalmist bookends the passage with the words “Bless the Lord, O my soul.” When we realize the height and breadth and depth of God’s love for us, how can we not find reasons to rejoice?

But perhaps, even with these reassuring words, you find it difficult to rejoice right now. Maybe your circumstances don’t naturally lend themselves to blessing the Lord. You seek mercy, you continue to wait for healing, or you long for true satisfaction, and they seem slow in coming.sunrise

You can still cling to this promise:  “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him” (vs. 13). Don’t lose hope. Just like the women outside Jesus’ tomb, though your “weeping may linger for the night, joy comes with the morning.” (Psalm 30:5)

*You can read Psalm 103 in its entirety here.



About Vickie Price Taylor

I'm a proofreader, writer, and native West Virginian, living in the Mountain State with my husband and two children. As a minister's wife, I have participated in a variety of ministries, encompassing people from all walks of life. In over twenty years of working with people, I've learned that we all have the same basic needs. One of those is our need for hope. My wish is that this blog can offer hope to people in their time of need. May each of you experience blessings from the author of all hope, Jesus.
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