Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise His holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all His benefits—
Who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
Who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
A pit. This pit can take on many forms…it can be a pit dug by others, or a pit of our own making. This passage doesn’t specify that He will only save us from what others do to us, but that He will “redeem your life from the pit”, even if we make it ourselves. Where others will cover us in shame and anger, He will cover us with love and compassion. He will not only save us from situations we create ourselves, but He will wrap His arms around us while doing it. He promises that our desires will be met…He promises love, compassion…He promises forgiveness, and healing.
The difference between God’s promises and those we make (or those made to us by others), is that God’s promises ring true. These promises will not be broken; they are not conditional. In fact we are given these promises over and over again. We are forgiven over and over again, we are loved always, we are healed, and we are clothed in compassion. Such simple everyday concepts made beautiful; made permanent, made personal.
I will praise the Lord. My soul will sing His praises for all He has done for me, for all He will continue to do for me. I will praise His Holy name.
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Let’s pray: Dear Heavenly Father, only You, Lord, know the workings of my innermost being. Only You know when I need love and compassion. Only You know when I truly need love and healing. Only You understand when I need compassion. Only You know when I need to be pulled from the pit. Only You. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.