Emily, you are commanded to bless the Lord. Use every ounce of strength within you to give praise to his holy name. Even when your soul is tempted to despair and give up hope, bless the Lord. Do not forget what He has done for you.
He forgave all your countless sins on the cross. Every single one. Even the ones that your conscience still condemns you of. To show he has power to heal your soul, He has also in mercy healed your physical diseases many times in the past. Remember when he healed your hip that Sunday on the steps of the church? Remember when your pastors prayed for you and your migraines started to get better? Remember the bus ride when you were so afraid? Look back! Remember what He has done! Do not give up hope – He has the power to do it again now. He pulled your life up from the pit that you had dug for yourself. Instead of leaving you in rags, He gave you His righteousness.
Though it was your head that deserved to be crushed and wounded for your sin, He gave love that never changes and he showed you great mercy. Though you deserve punishment and his wrath, He instead looks on you in favor, because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
Not only did He forgive you but He satisfies your soul with countless good things. Remember your church? Have you forgotten what a gift those people are to you? Remember your home? Remember the little things you prayed for and He graciously gave you? Do not grow weary… He provides the strength in your weakness. He gives you renewal and power, like an eagle flying gracefully above the storms, he will renew your weary soul too.
When it seems that others get away with evil, rest in knowing that God is just. He will punish those who oppress you unjustly.
This is the same God that led Moses and showed his power to the nation of Israel. He did not give up on them when they sinned and failed to trust him. Find comfort in looking back and seeing how merciful He was to them. He is just as merciful and gracious to you. He is not angry at you when you fail, rather He overflows in unchanging love towards you. Remember he does not just work by “teaching you a lesson” and He is not angry with you.
God is merciful… He does not give you what you deserve. What you deserve is death yet he graciously forgives your sins. Through Christ, God displayed his steadfast love for his children, by removing your sins far from you… as far as east from the west and heavens from the earth.
Like a loving father, God shows compassion to you. He does not expect perfection from you, He knows that you are very weak. You are weak like grass or like a flower. Even just a little wind can knock you off your feet and completely throw your world upside down. But through every change in life, the steadfast love of the Lord will never end. It will continue to your children, and to their children.
The Lord rules over the earth. His kingdom is supreme over everything.
Bless the Lord, you angels, those created to do His will. Bless the Lord, the hosts of heaven, you who have gone before me and are an example to me of suffering in patience and trust. Even creation blesses the Lord, the One who rules over them and provides for their every need.
Oh my soul, my weary soul that is so prone to discouragement, bless the Lord. He has done so many great things. He is worthy of my praise. Bless the Lord.
Psalm 103 (in the words of me)