Last night I stayed at the amazing Gaylord Texan Resort Hotel for Hubster’s birthday celebration. Let me tell you, it was unbelievable. The Italian Restaurant was delicious. So was the bed. I dove into the most comfortable mattress with the best down pillows and comforter that I’ve ever felt in my life. The thermostat was set at a fabulous 64 degrees and the sleep was going to be glorious. When my eyes popped open in the middle of the night, I was not sure what was wrong. Sleep is one of my favorite things and it takes a thunderstorm or near tornado to wake me. And that’s when I heard (or felt) that clear, inaudible voice say “don’t forget my benefits” accompanied by an image of a ceiling fan.
I looked up at the ceiling and noticed that there was not a ceiling fan in the room. That’s why I couldn’t sleep. Every night I snuggle up into the same position, wrap myself in my soft blanket and then poke my foot out from under the covers allowing the fan’s breeze to keep me cool. Every night. All year long. I cannot sleep with socks on or with my feet covered. I get too hot. At least one foot has to be out from under the covers. The Gaylord was such a gloriously beautiful place where I had no responsibility to anyone and felt completely content, lacking nothing. Or so I thought. Except there was one benefit that I personally needed to sleep comfortably that was lacking. The fan.
This morning I Googled “don’t forget my benefits” and Psalm 103 came up. It’s about the Lord’s benefits, and in particular, mercy. It was like God was showing me that I’ve forgotten to receive His mercy and that is hindering me from true rest and real peace. I needed to be reminded “not to forget His benefits” because He has forgiven my iniquities and redeemed my life from destruction. Psalm 103:
Praise for the Lord’s Mercies
A Psalm of David.
103 Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: 3 Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, 4 Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, 5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
6 The Lord executes righteousness And justice for all who are oppressed. 7 He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel. 8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. 9 He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever. 10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities.
11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; 12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. 13 As a father pities his children, So the Lord pities those who fear Him. 14 For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.
15 As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. 16 For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, And its place remembers it no more.[a] 17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting On those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children, 18 To such as keep His covenant, And to those who remember His commandments to do them.
19 The Lord has established His throne in heaven, And His kingdom rules over all.
20 Bless the Lord, you His angels, Who excel in strength, who do His word, Heeding the voice of His word. 21 Bless the Lord, all you His hosts, You ministers of His, who do His pleasure. 22 Bless the Lord, all His works, In all places of His dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul!