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 iniquities, Who heals all your diseases,
4 Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
6 The LORD executes righteousness And justice for all who are oppressed.
7 He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.
8 The LORD is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
9 He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever.
10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities.
11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father pities his children, So the LORD pities 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; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
16 For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, And its place remembers it no more.
17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting On those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children… (Psalm 101:1-17 NKJV)
We recently received news that one of our former students came to a sudden and tragic end of life. News like that always shakes each of us from the top of our heads to the soles of our feet. We all wonder what we could have done.
The next day after the news I was angry. Angry at the reasons and at the faceless people that might have contributed to this tragedy. But, after another night of contemplation I was led back to the place I should have started and that was with God.
God knows the end and the beginning. He does not allow a sparrow to fall without knowing it, and, he has redeemed from destruction all who seek him.
So with hope and sorrow, we must recommit to our mission of telling the good news of Jesus Christ, so that when days of trouble come, when days of sorrow come, we can say in truth ” bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is within me bless his holy name.”
Now, go and do likewise.