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Monday, January 22, 2018

Still I Will

Praise the Lord, my soul;
All my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, 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).

My father passed a week ago. In the midst heartbreak, I still experience His peace. It is such a miracle to me. This psalm speaks to my heart this morning. I praise Him no matter how much physical or emotional pain I may bear—no matter what happens around me, because He has never failed me in all the years that I have loved and served Him. All my being praises Him this morning—my heart is full—my soul is His, and I have nothing to fear. Remembering all that He has done inspires me to still believe in His perfect promises—those pearls He has given, which I may or may not see in this life. I still believe. I still trust. I still honor His love which gave everything for me. Still I will praise Him.

He has forgiven all of my sinsnot just some, but all. Each one forgiven, He has redeemed my life from the greatest torment. Throughout the years, there have been times of cancer and healing—heartbreak, fear, worry, hurt, doubt, broken relationships. There has just been life. But always He has been faithful. There are still some relationships to be healed—needs to be met, and only He knows what is ahead. In all of these things, He is still faithful to me.

He has crowned my life with His love, and I pray each day for His love and compassion to live in me. He has filled my life with more than I could ever want. I am full each day of the wonder of His presence. In all the years I have known Him, each day is new and full and joyful in Him. And in that joyas long as I am ableI will continue to write, continue to pray, continue to believe, continue to serve, and continue to rejoice. I belong to Him, and that makes all things possible. I know I am never alone. One day when He calls me, I will walk with Him into eternity. Holding my hand, just as He always has, He will lead me into that for which my heart has always longed. And no longer will I only partially experience His glory. I will see Him face to face. And I will know Him fully as He has always known me. And forever I will praise Him.

© 2018 Lynn Lacher

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