“Praise the Lord, O my soul; and all my inmost being praise His Holy Name.” (Psalm 103:1)
Read that verse out loud. How does that make you feel? Doesn’t it make your spirit soar? There really cannot be much grumpiness or discouragement when you say, out loud, “and all my inmost being praise His Holy Name!”
It is 9:30 AM on a Monday morning. I always experience extra pain on Mondays. That is the cost of being the wife of a busy pastor. We have two kids, and two little country churches. And bless their hearts; these little churches are very outgoing and loving, and they love to do things together.
So on Mondays I am tired, and achy, and usually rest a lot.
It is also February and I live in Indiana. It is cold, dreary, and cloudy. It is usually either raining, drizzling, or snowing. Cold wet weather also increases my Monday pain. I look out our kitchen window and it is just plain dreary. Our yard is all muddy, the hillsides are all brown, and the rain is supposed to change to snow.
Let’s read our verse again. “Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise His Holy Name!”
David is telling his soul to Praise the Lord! Why? Read on in the next few verses.
Forget not all His benefits.
1. He forgives you all your sins.
2. Heals all your diseases.
3. redeems your life from the pit
4. crowns you with love and compassion.
5. satisfies your desires with good things.
6. So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.
Yes! Praise the Lord! Praise Him! It is now snowing big fluffy flakes of snow. There are bright red cardinals flocking at the feeder. Smoke is drifting lazily from our next door neighbor’s fireplace. It is all so beautiful and cozy. Praise the Lord our creator!
I think I will make a cup of herbal tea and curl up with a book.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for Your infinite patience and love. You know our hearts, and You care for all of our needs. Thank You for all of the many ways You remind us of Your love as we read Your Word. All my inmost being is praising Your Holy Name. Amen.
About the Author:
Sandra Platt is a Ministers wife and Mother of two adult kids. She lives in rural Southern Indiana. She has had multiple painful illnesses for 18 years. She loves the friendships and fellowships she has made at Rest Ministries. She enjoys baking, reading, cross stitching. You may reach Sandra in the Sunroom.