“Praise the LORD, O my soul,
all my inmost being,
praise his holy name.
Praise the LORD, O my soul,
and forgets 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 with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle.”
(Verses 1 – 5)
In this beautiful Psalm above, there are seven meaningful verbs, well chosen to instil a process of hope and positiveness . . . forgets, forgives, heals, redeems, crowns, satisfies and renewed.
When hurts roar, let your hope soar.
Your heart might be breaking,
A million pieces shattering.
Feeling’s such a delicate thing
It’s hard even with gentle mending.
A process and period of grieving
Is essential for healing.
The heart may grieve for all eternity
That’s when understanding can lift it but not pity.
Troubled waters roar with great muddy swells
Bridging it requires skill to break the spell.
For despair and despondency creep
Even while you sleep.
Your whole being becomes so engrossed
Nothing stimulates, enthusiasm’s lost.
A soothing word, a gentle hand
A listening heart and patience spent
Will calm the roar in the end.
To forgive is divine
To forget exceptionally fine.
Christ heals to redeem
Crowns and satisfies to extreme
Renewed spirit sets to spring.
© Paul Chong
Sunday, 30 May 1999