I’ve been going at high speed 24-7 as I get ready for my sabbatical summer. There’s little sense to working at such an increased pace in order to have a time of refreshment and renewal. If, I didn’t need a sabbatical before, I do now. But.
Whether I’m too busy or not, the way I live the day comes down to what I focus on.
The phrase, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me” has kept me sane. The words, from Psalm 103, inspired Matt Redman to write one of my favorite songs, “10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord).” The song reminds me of reason after reason to bless the Lord.
When I care more about blessing God than being blessed, I’m in a healthy space of life. The thing is . . . God always blesses . . . I just don’t always pay attention to the blessings. It gives one more reason to live as a blessing.
Psalm 103 tells the story:
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. (Psalm 103: 1-5, ESV).
I look at the Psalmist’s list of blessings, and I know there’s more than 10,000 reasons to bless the Lord on this pre-sabbatical day.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me.
(written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2013 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)