Author: Sallie Ross

Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits– who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:1-5

Isn’t that amazing?! Look at what the Lord has done for us. Isn’t it amazing?! But also amazing is that we have to be intentional in remembering to praise Him. We have to call out to our souls for the praise. Praise is more than gratitude; it is the overflowing of a heart that recognizes who we are and who He is, and that He would choose to love us.

If all of my being is not praising Him, it isn’t true praise. And how easy it is for my being to be headed in all sorts of different directions! God calls us to come to Him early in the morning–at that time of day competing affections are at least a bit less vocal.

But there is a discipline involved – a very intentional discipline– to bring all of our being to Him in praise.

So the psalmist reminds us of what it is for which we praise Him. Just looking at that list is deeply profound. It is the very list of life itself. It is a reminder of the magnitude of change that the Lord has brought about within us.

I love the image of our youth being restored, not because that is the mantra of our culture, but because each one of the things the Lord has done for us has lifted a weight inside and one can feel giddy with thanksgiving–easily mimicking the light-heartedness of youth.

It is amazing, indeed. Our challenge is to keep our hearts and minds in the place where we are continually looking at our Lord and watching Him watch us in love.

–Lord God, I bless you for your faithfulness, for your love, for You. I ask for the grace to pull my affections from lesser things to You. I pray that the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart may truly and always be pleasing in your sight.