Redeemed From a Life of Destruction

 
“Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies”  Psalm 103:4
Psalm 103 is one of my favorite chapters to read, reread, and then read again soon.  If I have forgotten the goodness of God in my life or began to think too highly of myself, God uses this chapter to remind me of where I could be were it not for His salvation and continued grace in my life.  For those of us who are saved, God has truly redeemed our lives from destruction.  He saved me from Hell, and He has protected me from different ways in which I could have destroyed my own life through sin.  I can look back through the years of my life and see times and places that God had His protective hand upon me and saved me from the destruction that could have come from my own selfish sin.  There is no place for pride in my life, or in that of any believer.  Truly we have to say that anything good in our life came by the grace of God.
To add to His greatness, not only does He redeem us, but then He shows us lovingkindness and mercy.  God is so good!  We would choose sin every time if it were not for the grace of God.  Yet He loves His children so much that He gives us kindness and mercy despite our wickedness and sinful nature.  Psalm 103:10 says “He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewardeth us according to our iniquities.”  All I can say to that is, “Thank you God!”
While we do not need to dwell in our past sins, I do believe it is sometimes helpful to remind ourselves of where we could be were it not for the redemption of Jesus Christ and the grace of God in our lives.  He redeemed me, and He deserves to have my life and my praise.  If you are saved, your life should glorify Him.  I encourage you to read the entire Psalm 103.  May it cause you to say as the psalmist begins “Bless the LORD, O my soul:  and all that is within me, bless his holy name” (Psalm 103:1).  Let’s praise Him.  He is worthy!
Redeemed From a Life of Destruction