Bless the Lord, O My Soul Part – 9

Psalms 103:6 —— The Lord executes righteousness And justice for all who are oppressed.

Though many Bible promises are for those who put their hope and faith in Jesus Christ, Psalm 103 switches gears at verse six and gives a Bible promise for everyone across the board–regardless of a person’s acceptance or rejection of Christ.

Oppression is when pressure is applied on your thoughts to get you into captivity -this can come through situations or people’s comments. Justice is what is proper or fitting for the wrong that was done.

God is both righteous and just; He cannot stand by, while a person suffers.  When the Egyptians were oppressing the Israelites, God heard their cries, had compassion on them, delivered them from their oppressors (Exodus 14:26-31), and blessed them with justice. (Exodus 12:36)
 
God is moved to pity, to execute righteousness and justice on our behalf, when we are oppressed or harassed.

When a person meditates and contemplates continuously on the unjust acts done towards them, these thoughts permeate their minds and heart. As time goes by, their mind is overtaken by these negative thoughts and there comes a time where they can no longer control these thoughts in their mind. Subsequently depression sets in. The person becomes weak, scared, quiet, not interested in living anymore and at time suicidal.

Satan works overtime to crowd our mind with negative thoughts and thus oppresses us and leads us down the path of destruction.

But Psalm 103:6 says God gives justice to those who undergo oppression helps the helpless and give hope to the hopeless.

A person attending the retreats is bombarded from morning to night with the Word of God. This Word brings conviction and Jesus is released into those oppressive thoughts as the solution. The Word of God acts as a hammer to destroy the strongholds in their life.

When I was only a few months old in the Lord, I would share my testimonies wherever I went and would lay hands on the sick and pray over them. Some of the elders in the church told me to be careful when praying over the sick saying “if you lay hands on the sick you have to be careful because that sickness will come on you.” I referred to the Bible but could not find any incident when the disciples prayed over others and got sick. I made up mind from then on to believe only the Word of God and not what other people said.  Had I believed them, those words would act as a stronghold in my mind, and the next time I prayed over a sick person, I would be reminding myself about them and have fear about getting ill myself.

The justice of God is glorious. There is not one bit of suffering that you’ll endure that God won’t work to your good .Sometimes we may not see it right away, but God is still doing a work that you will see in time. God bless you richly!

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