One of the names of the few flowers that I remember from my high school biology course is “forget-me-not”. I mean aside the rose flower, how could you forget such an unforgettable name (no pun intended). This weekend as I reminisced and pondered over this flower, it struck me how quickly we as human beings have the tendency to forget. There is an astounding ability for us to forget good deeds that people do or to have selective amnesia when we go through rough patches with people and to only remember the bad times.
King David had his fair share of people who forgot the good things he did for them and the sacrifices he made for them, especially King Saul.Having first-hand experienced the devastating effects of forgetfulness, King David probably resolved in his heart not to treat God that way. After all, what was to become of him if he forgot about God, the one who saved him from the paws of the bear, the lion and Goliath [1 Samuel 17: 32-50]. It was this same Lord who choose him from his many brothers when he was the least of them, to make him King over Israel. What then was to become of him if he forgot all that the Lord had done for him when he forgave him his sins of adultery and murder, and even established his throne and lineage forever. How could David forget, knowing fully well it was the nature of man to forget and even become ungrateful. How could David also forget when he knew the devastating effects that forgetfulness had had on the lives of his ancestors as they journeyed from Egypt into the promised land. One way David chose to overcome this was to “Bless the Lord” as evident in many of the chapters of the Book of Psalms. Even when his enemies were bent on destroying him, David could have chosen to have selective amnesia and become a murmurer and a complainer, yet he chose to “bless the Lord”. Centuries ago, he left us the remedy for forgetfulness, giving praise.
Think about it, when we are truly thankful for something that is done for us, we tend to give praise continually and when we are in that thanksgiving mode, it is very difficult for us to get or stay angry with that person. Further more, we even tend to make excuses for the person’s behavior should they do something unexpected. We also gain full confidence in that person to come through for us because they have come through for us before. That is why King David penned Psalm 103 [The MSG]. He says;
“O my soul, bless God.
From head to toe, I’ll bless his holy name!
O my soul, bless God,
don’t forget a single blessing!
He forgives your sins—every one.
He heals your diseases—every one.
He redeems you from hell—saves your life!
He crowns you with love and mercy—a paradise crown.
He wraps you in goodness—beauty eternal.
He renews your youth—you’re always young in his presence.
God makes everything come out right;
he puts victims back on their feet.
He showed Moses how he went about his work,
opened up his plans to all Israel.
God is sheer mercy and grace;
not easily angered, he’s rich in love.
He doesn’t endlessly nag and scold,
nor hold grudges forever.
He doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve,
nor pay us back in full for our wrongs.
As high as heaven is over the earth,
so strong is his love to those who fear him.
And as far as sunrise is from sunset,
he has separated us from our sins.
As parents feel for their children,
God feels for those who fear him.
He knows us inside and out,
keeps in mind that we’re made of mud.
Men and women don’t live very long;
like wildflowers they spring up and blossom,
But a storm snuffs them out just as quickly,
leaving nothing to show they were here.
God’s love, though, is ever and always,
eternally present to all who fear him,
Making everything right for them and their children
as they follow his Covenant ways
and remember to do whatever he said.
God has set his throne in heaven;
he rules over us all. He’s the King!
So bless God, you angels,
ready and able to fly at his bidding,
quick to hear and do what he says.
Bless God, all you armies of angels,
alert to respond to whatever he wills.
Bless God, all creatures, wherever you are—
everything and everyone made by God.
And you, O my soul, bless God!”
I don’t know what mood you are in as you read this blog post, I challenge you today to “bless the Lord”. Even if you have nothing to bless him about, say out loud Psalm 103 because it gives you plenty to bless him about. Trust me it is the most powerful drug you can take to overcome every situation you are going through. I have taken mine, will you take yours?