Blessings (good gifts) I have received:
I have forgivenes from my many sins, renewed trust from my Savior, His face turned toward me, and His smile to inspire me, lifting from my sorrow, and a lowering from my prideful positon, hope when I'm afraid, joy when I'm down, a song in the morning, and a prayer at night, pardon for sin, and a peace that endureth, awareness of my failings, and redemption from my sins, healing for my body, rebuke for my attitude, and a calling from my wanderings. I have received blessings from the Lord.
Jesus is to me the bearer of Good News, the bringer of delight, and the solver of life's problems. He is the strength for my day, my hope for tomrrow, my elder brother, and my beautiful Savior. He always has been my Beloved and the Lover of my soul. He is the One who gives life, breath, and guidance. He always will be the One who loves me unconditionally. Jesus Is to me the perfect example of the unmerited favor of God. I have received blessings from the Lord.
I need God in my life. I need His unconditional love. I need His unwavering compassion, and I need His eternal call. I need His righeous judgements mixed with His unmerited favor. I need His exalted presence condescending to me, I need His eternal existence to be available to mortal me, and I need His ultimate perfection to be beautifully linked to messed up me. I am in need of blessings from the Lord.
I have received so much. I have been so blessed. I am so unworthy, but He is still here. He is still mine. He is always good. Praise Jesus that God raised Him from the dead, and it gives me hope that in all the dark places of our lives where we often dwell, in the times of great dispair, God is still good to me. He is all of these things to me even when I am weary, even when I am tired, even when I am down, even when I am exhausted, even when I don't know, even when I can't see, even when I'm not right, especially when I am of little faith...GOD IS GOOD! He died for me. He preached for me. He loved for me. He lived for me. He did not fail, or faulter. HE IS GOOD!
The first half of the verse is about blessings... but the scond half is about vindication.
"God, I know of your blessings. I can state these many blessings which are but the begginging of a long list. But I dare not pray so specifically for vindication from You, or to be vindicated by You. I know You are my Defender. I thank You for Your defense. If in Your divine will it is given, I receive it with thanks and worship. But you have not treated me as my sins deserve, so I pray that others will not be treated as their sins deserve. Let me simply be content to celebrate Your goodness until I see You more clearly. Amen."