Friday, July 8, 2011

Psalm 103:1-5 NASB

Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name.  Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits; who pardons all your iniquities; who heals all your diseases; who redeems your life from the pit; who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; who satisfies your years with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle.

There he goes again, the Psalmist talking to his own soul (who he is in is inner being), and recounting how good the LORD is to him.  It's so easy to get underneath the burdens and cares of this world that life takes on a weightiness; a heaviness.  Like a hiker laboring under the burden of a heavy back pack, some have their head down looking at the path alone and never enjoying the scenery around them.  It's good for the soul to often and deliberately, lift the head, look up and see the goodness of God around our lives.  If we don't, we'll end up miserable, sour old souls with nothing to speak of but how bad things are.  The soul that intentionally lifts the head and begins to recount the goodness of God in his life, will find his youth renewed like the eagle.  That's the language of one who has put their hope in the LORD.  That's the promise of God to any weary soul, that "those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary," (Isaiah 39:31).  Go out somewhere today and have a good talk with your soul.  "Bless the LORD, O my soul!

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