Riding Brooms—Forgetting His Benefits
May 06, 2018 07:53AM
By Bonnie Lyn Smith
The message came in on my Facebook Messenger on a busy publishing day.
“I was wondering either you really like the show 'Bewitched,' or you’re getting your broomstick out and you’re going to beat someone today.”
Um, what? And then she proceeded to explain that I had put something up called “My Story” on Facebook. I had seen that here and there but had not really looked into what it was. Apparently, I had downloaded a GIF of a witch riding a broom and put it on “My Story” so it was visible to all. Lovely.
To be honest, I know why I downloaded that. I use that image to be funny when I am riding a broom, but I certainly wasn’t trying to send a cryptic message to social media. Hmmm.
After helping me through all the steps of finding “My Story” and then deleting the GIF, my friend and I had a giggle over it. Really, my “senior moments” are happening more and more. I cannot keep up with the digital world. It has raced ahead of me. I’m still tripping behind half in pajamas, spilling latte in hand, asking my teenagers how to download an app.
But the truth is: We do ride brooms occasionally. When we are not regularly reading God’s Word, seeking the fellowship of other believers in Christ, and conversing with God, we forget His benefits.
And we get cynical.
David wrote this Psalm to remind us:
Psalm 103:1-2, ESV
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits…
See, God knew we would need encouragement. And through David, He offered a wonderful remedy—but not one we might have come up with ourselves.
Bless the LORD?
But the pipes burst, and now industrial fans are drying out the walls and floor.
My boss has unfair expectations on me.
I am never going to make this deadline.
Dinner just burned.
I cannot pay this bill.
My only car just died.
Yes, yes, all those things, and yet we are to bless the LORD. Not just us, but our souls.
And what are these “benefits” David is singing about?
Let’s take a closer look, line by line, to the rest of the Psalm, verses 3-22:
Who forgives all your iniquity,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from the pit,
The Royal Treatment:
Who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
Youth and Renewal:
Who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.
The LORD works righteousness
And justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses,
his acts to the people of Israel.
The LORD is merciful
Not Easily Angered:
Slow to anger
Full of Love:
And abounding in steadfast love.
Not Out to Get Us:
He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever.
We Do Not Get What Our Sins Deserve:
He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
Our Waste Removal:
As far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
As a father shows compassion to his children,
so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.
Full Knowledge of Us:
For he knows our frame;
he remembers that we are dust.
Eternal and Fully Accessible Love:
As for man, his days are like grass;
he flourishes like a flower of the field;
for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
and its place knows it no more.
But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,
And his righteousness to children's children,
to those who keep his covenant
and remember to do his commandments.
Access to His Throne and Kingdom:
The LORD has established his throne in the heavens,
and his kingdom rules over all.
Bless the LORD, O you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his word,
obeying the voice of his word!
Bless the LORD, all his hosts,
his ministers, who do his will!
Bless the LORD, all his works,
in all places of his dominion.
Bless the LORD, O my soul!
David ends His song with praise and worship of the LORD. It is such a healthy idea for us not only to focus on the positive but also to recite what we know to be true about God.
We may be moody or discouraged, but He never shifts or changes.
Which one(s) did you need to remind yourself of this week? Which ones should you write on a sticky note on your mirror to remember His benefits?
I think I’ll read my own reminders and park my broom for now. Whenever I am tempted to take it for a ride, I will remember the truth of God, recited so eloquently by David in Psalm 103.
I encourage you to let the truth of these verses ground you and turn your day and attitude around.
Author Bonnie Lyn Smith writes about mental health advocacy, special education, faith in the valleys of life, drawing healthy boundaries, relational healing, renewing our minds, walking with a Holy God, and much ado about grace. Join the conversation at Espressos of Faith.
She is the author of Not Just on Sundays: Seeking God’s Purpose in Each New Day and the founder and editor-in-chief of Ground Truth Press, a book publishing company.