COUNTING YOUR BLESSINGS II

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
                          
           Theme: COUNTING YOUR BLESSINGS II
Memorise: Blessed be the Lord my strength, which
teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight”
Psalms 144:1
                                                  Read: Psalm 103:1-5
1: 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 forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all
thy diseases;
4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who
crowneth thee with loving kindness and tender
mercies;
5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so
that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
                                            Message:
Still dwelling on counting your blessings, we must
consider some other things as highlighted by the
great Psalmist so that we may understand what
made him a great worshipper. There are many
seen and unseen Hands of the Almighty God that
have kept us alive. For life alone, we must bless
the Lord.
In our memory verse for today, the Psalmist
blesses the Lord for teaching his hands to war and
directing his fingers to fight aright. We must
realize that not all fighters win in the battles of life,
many are destroyed by the hostility of life. This
might have influenced David to write: “Bless the
Lord o my soul… who redeemeth thy life from
destruction…” Psalms 103:4.
Considering the numerous battles David fought,
particularly against King Saul, one should know
that but for God, David would have died a
premature death. David lived to a very old age,
though his beloved son overthrew him and sought
his life; he survived his external and internal
enemies. To him, the kindness God showed to him
was not ordinary, it was the loving type. Meaning
that kindness has categories!
How I wish someone reading this devotional will
appreciate God’s kindness to him as intensely as
David did.
David saw good food, its nourishment and appetite
to eat it as blessings from the Lord in verse 5 of
our text today. What a grateful creature of the
Almighty God David was.
There is a story told of a woman, iIesa-land in the
South-west Nigeria, who was fond of thanking God
for good food and the appetite to eat well. Anytime
Mama Ijesa came up for testimony, she would tell
of how God provided not only good food but also
appetite to eat it. Her Pastor became bored of the
one and only testimony of this grateful woman and
stopped her from giving testimonies in the Church.
Not long after, the Pastor took ill, and on his sick
bed, all sorts of food were brought to him but he
had no appetite to eat any of them. When mama-
Ijesa came visiting like other parishioners, she
innocently asked whether her Pastor realized that
having good food to eat is not enough, but having
appetite to eat is equally praiseworthy.
                                                  Action Point:
Take a minimum of 15 minutes to thank God for
His goodness and Mercies over your life and that
of your loved ones.
                                                     Bible in one year: Matthew 13:44-16:4 Job
13:1-16
                                             AUTHOR: PASTOR E.A. ADEBOYE
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What a Friend we have in Jesus

1. What a Friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!

2. Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged,
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness,
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

3. Are we weak and heavy-laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge—
Take it to the Lord in prayer;
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer;
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
Thou wilt find a solace there.

#AMAS

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Adebayo Adeyemi Michael, is a budding writer, Management and Human Resources expert. He was at Ekiti State University for his first degree and also holds National Diploma in Marine Engineering. Michael is a certified S.T.C.W '95 trained person from Regional Maritime University, Accra, Ghana. He is a member of the Institute of Strategic Management, Nigeria and Center for Management Development, Nigeria, certified entrepreneurship and management expert. Michael had his National Youth Service Scheme carried out in one of the villages of Benue State in Nigeria. During his service year, he was engaged by the World Bank for two consecutive time to monitor polio immunization exercise compliance rate. His quest to ensure a reduced disaster prone and litter free environment. made him to serve as National Emergency Management Agency Vanguard during his National Youth Service year. More to his academic laurels is his pursuance of Masters degree in Business Administration. Michael is devoted to ministering life unto the dying souls. He has two published books already making waves: Mate or Wait? Positive Approach to Sexuality and Wrong Expressions of Sex and 50 Purity Tips.