This morning while reading, my spirit got excited when I came to this passage. This is it, I thought, this is a word for God’s people in this time!
With COVID-19 chaos all around us, and many of us wondering what it all means, take heart. Be comforted how much the Lord loves us, has mercy upon His children, and will be our deliverer!
Note the themes of forgiveness, healing of disease, rebuilding, restoring, mercy and faithfulness to His people. Rejoice, family of God, our Savior rises for us with healing in His wings!
A Psalm of David.
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 (rewards, good will):
3 Who forgives all your iniquities (sin, evil),
Who heals all your diseases,
4 Who redeems (pays for, ransoms, delivers) your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
5 Who satisfies your mouth with good (better, prosperous) things,
So that your youth is renewed (rebuilt, repaired) 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 (exceedingly full) in mercy.
9 He will not always strive with us (rebuke, chide),
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 (rebellion) from us.
13 As a father pities his children,
So the Lord pities those who fear (revere) Him.
14 For He knows our frame (framework, how we were made);
He remembers that we are dust.
15 As for man, his days are like grass (brevity of life);
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,
18 To such as keep His covenant (pledge or treaty between God and humans),
And to those who remember His commandments (teaching, precepts) to do them.
19 The Lord has established His throne in heaven,
And His kingdom rules over all.
20 Bless the Lord, you His angels (messengers of God, ministers),
Who excel in strength, who do His word,
Heeding the voice of His word.
21 Bless the Lord, all you His hosts (assembled for the Lord, prepared for battle),
You ministers of His, who do His pleasure.
22 Bless the Lord, all His works,
In all places of His dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul!