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Confession time is always good for the soul. Here is mine: I have stopped watching the news. Glad I got that off my chest. I have gone cold turkey. If a talking head is on the TV I find something else to do. I am simply tired of it all. How is that for transparency? I heard a minister this week say that we are so busy fighting for the voices of elephants and donkeys to be heard that we forget to proclaim the good news of a Lion and act like proper lambs. I agree.
What has happened is that I found more time to put my nose in the Bible. You know as well as I do that it is a diamond mine whose treasure will never be exhausted. In my reading I have gone back and poured over the Psalms. The words on those pages are like drinking a glass of milk while standing on the Sun. My personal favorite Psalm is 103. It resonates with my DNA. I read it and weep every time. Musician Matt Redman. Indeed, (verse 1) every part of my soul has been given 10,000 reason to bless His holy name.
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, What are those benefits?
3 who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases,
He forgives iniquity – Hebrew term for something rotten on the inside
He heals diseases – Hebrew term for something broken on the outside
4 who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy
He redeems – As in trading a worthless coupon for something grand and valuable. Pit is not the same as hell. This is the Hebrew term for garbage. Yes, He brought you out.
He crowns – With steadfast love and mercy. Hebrew term hesed which is defined as every good attribute that God possesses. King James translators did not have an English equivalent so they simply called it mercy or kindness. In actuality it means all the good that makes up God and He places it on our heads. Can you see my tears welling up?
5 who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s
He satisfies – What else do you need to know? Really? What else do you desire beside that promise right there?
He renews – Revelation 21:5. Note the verbs are in present tense. Jesus is on the clock right this second.
I love the work of Pastor Tim Keller and he writes,
There is only person who would dare wake up the King at 3:00 AM just for a drink of water and not get in trouble for it and that person is the child of the King. That is you.
We have 10,000 voices competing for our attention while at the same time we have 10,000 plus reasons to bless Him name.
For my life, I need: more Bible, more prayer, more memorizing verses, more holy tears, more reading hymns, more listening to sermons, more praying over my family and less media.