1 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits,
3 who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
5 who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
6 The Lord works righteousness
and justice for all who are oppressed.
7 He made known his ways to Moses,
his acts to the people of Israel.
8 The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9 He will not always chide,
nor will he keep his anger forever.
10 He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
13 As a father shows compassion to his children,
so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
14 For he knows our frame;
he remembers that we are dust.
15 As for man, his days are like grass;
he flourishes like a flower of the field;
16 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
and its place knows it no more.
17 But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,
and his righteousness to children’s children,
18 to those who keep his covenant
and remember to do his commandments.
19 The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,
and his kingdom rules over all.
20 Bless the Lord, O you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his word,
obeying the voice of his word!
21 Bless the Lord, all his hosts,
his ministers, who do his will!
22 Bless the Lord, all his works,
in all places of his dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul!
I always try to find one particular verse that stands out to me and touches my heart in a way that the bothers just don’t. But I struggled today. Because these verses all hit me in a very powerful way. I love this Psalm because it is another reminder of just who He is and what He has done and what He is capable of. I’ve been known to place Him into a box. Something that I could understand. Something that would make sense to me. Something contained because when He’s not in the box He is big and I can have a hard time understanding who He is. But this Psalm reminds me that I can’t fit Him into a box, not really. Because He is that big. He is that complex. And no matter how hard I try to understand it all, I just won’t. Despite my best efforts, it’s not me who is in control. It’s Him. And I am grateful for the reminder today.
Lord, thank you. Thank you for not being able to fit into a box. Thank you for this amazing reminder. Because you do so much and you are so much. And I don’t always get it or understand it, but that doesn’t change who you are. And thank goodness for that. Amen.