On Sunday, Nov. 22, Rev. Leon Corbin, associate minister of New Canaan Worship Center in Richmond, Virginia preached from Psalm 103:1-5. His sermon title was “Let Us Not Forget All His Benefits.”
Rev. Corbin introduced his sermon by talking about the book, “One Minute Manager” by Kenneth H. Blanchard and Spencer Johnson where the authors talk about one-minute praises. They are called one-minute praises because it takes only a minute to praise someone instead of complaining about them or their work. It takes only a minute to tell someone that he or she did a good job. One minute praises include praising the people immediately, telling them what they did right instead of what they did wrong. Unfortunately, we are much better at complaining and blaming others than praising them. Praises should be intentional.
The minister said we are so accustomed to telling God what we want instead of thanking Him for all His benefits. In Psalm 103, David looked back at God’s tender mercies and itemized things he was thankful for. We should do the same instead of complaining.
The first five blessed benefits in Psalm 103:1-5 are personal.
- Forgiveness. God forgives all our iniquities. Our greatest need is to feel the forgiveness from God instead of guilt for our sins. When Jesus died on the cross, He forgave ALL our sins past, present, and future. God is more willing to forgive our sins than we are to be forgiven.
- Healing. God wants to heal us of all our diseases. Healing comes from the Lord even though we go to the doctor. It is God who gives the doctors knowledge to help us. People might ask if there is such a thing as “divine healing.” Rev. Corbin asked, “Is there any other kind?” Give God thanks that you are healed.
- Deliverance. Jesus bought us back with a price. God has redeemed our lives from the pit. We often think of what happens to us rather than thinking about what didn’t happen to us during the course of a day. We didn’t get robbed. We didn’t get killed. We didn’t get beaten. Begin to thank God for what didn’t happen to you instead of complaining about what did happen.
- Crowns. God crowns us with love and compassion. If we were to receive what we truly deserve, we would get nothing. God honors us with His care and crowns us.
- Satisfaction. God is the giver of every good and perfect gift. However. the emphasis is not on what we possess. It is on what possesses us. God wants to satisfy you not with gold but with good.
In conclusion, begin to give one-minute praises every day. Begin to see God in everything, and give Him thanks for all His benefits.