Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits—
who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The Lord works vindication and justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always accuse, nor will he keep his anger for ever.
He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities.
Slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. Why do I always have the image of a lamb frolicking in the spring sunshine when I hear or read that line? Today feels like a spring day, it is unseasonably warm but never the less it is still December and I find myself thinking how Advent reminds us to not be surprised when God places the unexpected in front of us; new life, when we thought everything was done in; new joys, when despair seems to have got the upper hand; warmth, when we thought a chilled reception might be awaiting us.
Bless the Lord, O my soul and all that is within me, bless God’s holy name.