“I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless you, and praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; his greatness is unsearchable.
One generation shall laud your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.
On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.”
(Psalm 145: 1-5)
The week in which I wrote this was a difficult and challenging week for me in may ways – physical and emotional, work and home time. But that does not matter to the Lord. I do not mean that the Divine does not care – our Lord and God cares very much! But the Lord God is not challenged and depleted by our hard times. The Lord is able to overcome any challenge, and if we reside in the Lord we are carried along by the Lord’s strength and not our own. I am convinced that is the only way that I have been able to get through the things set before me.
And that is good reason to bless the Lord – that I have gotten through such things. But as I said, my challenges and difficulties do not impact the Lord God much. No, if I were only to bless and praise God because of what I have gotten through, it would not mean and result in much. It is my suffering and your suffering, beloved reader, and the suffering and challenge every other person and creature in this world has gotten through, AND the suffering and challenging that every other person and creature since the beginning of time has gotten through, AND that we were created, AND!!!!! that there was not only survival but joy and success and compassion and forgiveness and mercy and love that has carried and surrounded all of this since the beginning of ALL THINGS!!!!! That there is reason to bless and praise the Lord God in all things! And the Lord God, the Divine, the Mighty in all ways . . . . did this without breaking a sweat!
“The Lord is just in all his ways, and kind in all his doings.
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
He fulfills the desire of all who fear him; he also hears their cry, and saves them.
The Lord watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.
My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord, and all flesh will bless his holy name forever and ever.” (Verses 17-21)
Praise God! Selah!