All His benefits… (Ps 103)
The chanter says in the Psalm: “Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits” (Ps 103:2).
It is hard for us to remember all His benefits because
they are non countable. But here we will only talk
about main points concerning God’s care for the
human and his many benefits.
1. The first benefit is that He has granted us
existence and specifically speaking, He
created us on the sixth day after He
prepared everything for us…
He prepared nature for us: water and air, the Sun
to lighten the day and the moon and the stars to light
the night. He also prepared the plans for us, and
animals to serve us and we talk about all this in the
liturgy of St Gregory and say: “For my sake You
bridled the sea. For my sake You have revealed the
nature of the animals.” “You set up the sky for me as
a ceiling. You made the earth firm for me so that I
could walk on it.”
Meaning that God, after preparing all the comfort
means for the human, finally created him. He did
after preparing the Garden of Eden for him to live in
2. Of God’s benefits also to man was that He
created man on His image.
The only creature on Earth about who was said
that he was created on the image of the Lord and
according to His Likeness was the human. And what is
meant by the divine image is the image of God in
Holiness and righteousness, in mind and speech, in
free will and in His image of authority. God said to the
first man: “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and
subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea,
over the birds of the air, and over every living thing
that moves on the earth.” (Gn 1:28).
And thus the human was God’s steward on Earth.
And the human remained so until he sinned and lost
some of his authority. Then came the Lord Jesus
Christ to return to the human his first image. So may
every human remember that he was created on the
image of God so that he does not sin …
3. Among God’s benefits to the human is that
he is called son of God.
And if we remembered this, we, as sons should
be following the will of our Heavenly Father. Because
when Jews took pride in that they are sons of
Abraham, the Lord said to them: “If you were
Abraham's children, you would do the works of
Abraham” (Jn 8:39). And so we as sons, should be
following the Father’s will and fight until we reach
perfection as the Lord said to us: “Therefore you shall
be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.”
4. We are not only God’s image and His sons
but we also are God’s temple and the Holy
Spirit dwells in us as was said in (1Co 3:16).
The apostle repeated this fact in (1Co 6:19).
Meaning that we are sacred churches for God and we
should preserve this sacredness as was said in the
psalm: “Holiness adorns Your house, O LORD,
forever” (Ps 93:5).
You, my brother, are God’s temple, built of living
stone, comes out of you hymns, praises and spiritual
songs. And you as a sacred church were consecrated
with the holy Myron after your baptism so preserve
5. You too have a communion with God in
Especially the communion of the Holy Spirit. As is
said to the prayers at the end of meetings: “The
grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you
all.” (1Co 13:14). The Holy Spirit not only participates
with you in all you do but He works in you, using you
and with you. He works with you in building the
Kingdom and spreading the Kingdom and virtuous
Make sure then in every action you do that God’s
Spirit works with you in it. And for every work you
see that the Holy Spirit is not with you in it, keep
away from it with all your strength.
6. And of God’s love and His benefits that He
called you a brother and a friend.
And said: “No longer do I call you servants, but I
have called you friends” (Jn 15:15). And it was said
about Him that He resembled His brethren in
everything except sin. And He is not ashamed to call
them brethren. (He 2:11). And He said to Mary
Magdalene and the other Mary after His resurrection:
“Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there
they will see Me.” (Mt 28:10). And He did not say that
only about His apostles the saints but also about the
poor and needy saying: “inasmuch as you did it to
one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to
Me.” (Mt 25:40).
So, after the Lord, in his humility, lowered
Himself and called you a brother, will you deny Him,
give up His love and keep away from Him!!!
7. Also of God’s benefits to us is that He made
us of His own, and made the relationship
that binds us and Him is a love relationship.
It was said that He “loved His own who were in
the world, He loved them to the end” (Jn 13:1). And
it was said that the greatest commandment in the
Law was God’s love. And that what came in the
Deuteronomy book: “You shall love the LORD your
God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with
all your strength” (Dt 6:5). And He is the one calling
in the Song of Solomon Book saying: “Open for me,
my sister, my love, My dove, my perfect one; For my
head is covered with dew, My locks with the drops of
the night.” (Sgs 5:2).
And of God’s love to you is that He aims for
you even when you are in sin.
And knocks on your door saying: “Behold, I stand
at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and
opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with
him, and he with Me.” (Rev 3:20). Will you open your
heart to Him or will you ignore His love in aiming for
8. Another benefit of God’s benefits to the
human is that because of His love and will to
redeem him, He made Himself of no
reputation and incarnated (Phil 2:7) and
suffered and died the death of the cross.
And it was said “For God so loved the world that
He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes
in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
(Jn 3:16). As was also said about the Father in St
John’s first Epistle: “In this the love of God was
manifested toward us, that God has sent His only
begotten Son into the world, that we might live
through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God,
but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the
propitiation for our sins.” (1Jn 4:9,10). Also was
written in the Epistle to Romans that “God
demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while
we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Ro 5:8).
9. Of God’s benefits to us also is that He made
us members in His body.
And He resembled Himself to a Vine and us as
branches (Jn 15) we abide in this vine and its juice
come to us and we live by it.
10. And of God’s benefits is that he gave us the
And said “56He who eats My flesh and drinks My
blood abides in Me, and I in him.” and “Whoever eats
My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I
will raise him up at the last day.”(Jn 6:56, 54).
How wonderful is that great sacrament that
angels desire to get to know closely.
11. Also of God’s love and benefits to us is that
He gave us a lasting life after death. And
promised us eternal life.
No single earthly creature got that promise but
the human alone. And so we pray saying “For there is
no death for your servants but passing” and truly it is
passing to a better life whether in Paradise with Christ
or to the Kingdom later after rising from death…
12. And of God’s benefits to us is that we will
rise in spiritual bodies.
In glorified bodies (1Co 15:43, 44). It was also
said in the Epistle to Philippians about resurrection
that the Lord Jesus Christ “will transform our lowly
body that it may be conformed to His glorious body”
(Phil 3:21). Truly, how great will be this glory that we
will have in His Kingdom.
13. Of God’s benefits to us is the everlasting
luxury that we will enjoy.
And it will be in Heavenly Jerusalem “the
tabernacle of God is with men” (Rev 21:3). And what
was said about it that "Eye has not seen, nor ear
heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The
things which God has prepared for those who love
Him.” (1Co 2:9).
Truly the story of God’s relationship with the
human is a love story since He created the
human and until the end of the world in the
The Lord says in His love “I will come again and
receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you
may be also.” (Jn 14:3).
Yes, of the abundance of His benefits is that
He is Immanuel (God with us).
With us on Earth, after death, and in eternity that
And of the abundance of His benefits for us is the
grace He gave us, about which St Paul the Apostle
said “by the grace of God I am what I am” (1Co
May we remember God’s benefits and love Him
back as He loves us.
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