1 Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
6 The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.
7 He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.
8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
9 He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.
10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.
14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.
17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;
18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
19 The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.
20 Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.
21 Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.
22 Bless the Lord, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the Lord, O my soul. Psalm 103 KJV
This is a hard post for me to write, because I have reached Genesis chapter 5 which ends like this:
“28 When Lamech was 182 years old, a son was born.
29 He named him Noah, saying, This one shall bring us relief and comfort from our work and the [grievous] toil of our hands due to the ground being cursed by the Lord.
30 Lamech lived after the birth of Noah 595 years and had other sons and daughters.
31 So all the days of [a]Lamech were 777 years, and he died.
32 After Noah was 500 years old, he became the father of Shem, Ham, and Japheth.” Genesis 5:28-32 AMP
This tells me that God was about to destroy the earth. I don’t like to think about sin, suffering, death and destruction. These are touchy subjects. There are many people who have seen these things going on in the world today, and have read enough of the Bible to know about the story of Noah’s Ark and many other accounts where the Lord dealt with mankind in ways that are hard to understand, and have concluded that either the God of the Bible doesn’t really exist, or that He does exist, but He isn’t loving. I suppose we could back all the way up to Genesis 2, and find things that have troubled some readers:
“15 And the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and guard andkeep it.
16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, You may freely eat of every tree of the garden;
17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and blessing and calamity you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Genesis 2:15:-17 AMP
I must confess that at times I am troubled when I contemplate things that are hard to fathom. I want you to know that I am not writing in order to prove that my faith in the Lord and His goodness is valid. I am writing merely to share glimpses I get from time to time from scripture that appear to affirm the hope I have inside me.
So far I have noticed some things that people think and feel, and that they say and do. I have noticed things the Lord thinks and feels, and says and does. I have seen some causes and some effects. I have seen creation, and destruction, things that happened abruptly and things that happened over the course of time. Like I said above, I believe the Lord is Loving and good. I am looking forward to taking this opportunity to find and expose some of the various examples in these past chapters and in the chapters to come that will illustrate that.
You might like to do the same thing and when you read my next post you can compare your findings with mine. Please feel free to share them with me and my other readers.
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