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OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL DATE: SUNDAY NOVEMBER 20TH 2022

OPEN HEAVENS DEVOTIONAL

DATE: SUNDAY NOVEMBER 20TH 2022

THEME: NEVER FORGET HIS MERCIES

MEMORISE: Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Psalms 103:2

READ: Psalms 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 lovingkindness and tender mercies;

5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

MESSAGE

In our Bible reading today, David said his soul must never forget God’s benefits, and then he began to list those benefits for us. One of the greatest failings of Christians is that they quickly forget the benefits of the Most High God. If somebody wakes up in the morning and begins to shout “Praise the Lord, glory be to God” so loudly that the neighbours gather to ask him what happened and then he responds, “l’m thanking God for the safe delivery of my wife three years ago”, they would begin to wonder if he is in need of a psychiatrist. However, if somebody wakes up early in the morning and begins to weep and wail over the death of her husband 10 years ago, people would say, “Oh, sorry, we understand “.

It is the nature of man to remember evil things and forget the good, but as a Christian, you are a new creature, so you should do the opposite. The popular hymn says, ‘Count your blessings, name them one by one’.

It is dangerous when you find it difficult to thank God for what He has done. Some years ago, l was preparing the sermon for a New Year thanksgiving service, and l remember saying to God, “Daddy, it’s just the two of us now; may l speak like a son to his Daddy’s? He said “Go ahead”. I went on, “Lord, l am going to encourage Your children to praise You for what You did for them in the passing year, but between You and me, we know You didn’t do anything for me”. I began to lay out all the things l had expected in the course of the year but didn’t get. The Lord then interrupted and told me to get a notebook. He asked me to write the answers to the questions He would be asking me. He began, “How many times did you travel this year?” I said “Many times”. “How many times did you have an accident?” I responded, “None”. He continued, “More than 360 days have gone by in this year; how many times did you sleep and wake up? Do you know how many people slept and didn’t wake up? How many times were you hungry in the past year? Are you aware that there are people in the hospital who want to eat but have no appetite?”

I quickly interrupted Him because I had become very afraid as I realised how ungrateful I had been. No matter how bad things may look, don’t forget His mercies.

PRAYER POINT

Spend quality time thanking God for all His mercies towards you.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Acts 10-11

AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A ADEBOYE

HYMN 27: WHEN LIFE’S BILLOW YOU ARE TEMPEST TOSSED

1. When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.

o Refrain:
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God has done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
*Count your many blessings, see what God has done.
[*And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.

2. Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.

3. When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings—money cannot buy [*wealth can never buy]
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.

4. So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.