Be Lifted by God's Holy Spirit
April 21, 2020
Devotion provided by Rev. Susan Roddey, Director of Spiritual Life at Abernethy Laurels
“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.” Psalm 103:1-5
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits.” Forgetting is not just a problem that comes with aging. I tend to forget a lot, but for me it mostly is plain absentmindedness, although being a woman in her 50’s might have something to do with it too. It is a joke with the receptionists about how much I tend to lose my keys. My husband bought me a little remote control device that I can add to my key ring and when I lose them, I can use my phone to locate them. The problem is, I can’t remember where I put that device! I can’t remember where I put my glass of water when I am at home and of course reading glasses seem to disappear like they vaporize.
But the Psalmist is reminding us not to forget the fundamentals of our faith, something that doesn’t happen because we are absentminded but because we get distracted or because in the midst of going through a hard time we have a hard time holding on to our anchor. Blessing God goes hand in hand with remembering what God does – forgives, heals, redeems, crowns us with steadfast love, and satisfies. All these things so that “your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” How can our youth be renewed like the eagle’s as we age? Well, each of these actions of God leads us to freedom from being weighed down from those things that cause our souls to be weary and diseased – things like our sins that we find so hard to release to God’s grace so that in its extreme we may feel like we live our lives separate from God – in the Pit. Do not forget the Psalmist says that you have benefits in your faith. You are a free person because of God’s steadfast love. Your soul does not shrivel up like a raisin, but is renewed so that it soars as an eagle’s does, lifted by God’s Holy Spirit higher than anything this world can throw at you.
All that is within our souls is called upon to bless the Lord. In that we are satisfied with good as long as we live, no matter what evil we face.
Prayer: O God of abundant mercy, help us to not get so weighed down by the world’s trouble that we forget that you redeem us so that we may truly live. Amen.