Spiritual Amnesia

Carlo Mendoza

"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, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's."  Psalm 103:1-5

Certain scientific studies suggest that if we were to compare the storage capacity of our brains to that of a computer, we would be able to hold approximately 2.5 petabytes of information. Let me give you a better idea of just how much information that is; 1 petabyte equals 1,000 terabytes, or 1,000,000 gigabytes!

Nevertheless, even with this remarkable ability to house so much data, we tend to forget some of the most important truths. In the psalm above, we see David being no stranger to this as he begins by reminding himself (and us) of the manifold blessings we receive from the hand of an infinitely holy God. Let's take a look at some of these "benefits":

1. The forgiveness of ALL our sins! This is humanity's greatest need and God has made this available through the sacrificial atoning death of His Son Jesus (1 John 1:9).

2. The healing of ALL our diseases! God is ultimately responsible for any healing we have received, whether it was from a minor head cold or a major bout with cancer. However, it is vital to understand that we cannot demand God to heal us in this life, but the promise of an eternal healing is made for all those who have placed their faith in Christ (1 Peter 2:24).

3. The redemption of our lives from death! We were all born dead in our sins and God has redeemed us through the blood of His Son, giving us new life and purpose (Titus 2:14).

4. The crowning of steadfast love and mercy! God has covered His people with grace, which should be evident to those who see our lives (Psalm 5:12).

5. The satisfaction of good! These good things are not to be mistaken for what the world would define as the "good life" such as fame and fortune, but these greater blessings (love, joy, and peace) are only offered to those who belong to God (John 10:10b).

As we remember all these blessings, that we either tend to take for granted or just outright forget, we should be spiritually revitalized as we receive strength for today, hope for tomorrow, and heaven for eternity.

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