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Do you ever get a song in your head that you just can’t seem to make go away? The hymn, “Praise my Soul, the King of Heaven” has been rattling around in my brain for weeks now. I have been bursting into song while driving or in the shower, mostly singing the phrase “ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven” over and over. It seems like I have been obsessed with those words. I was starting to worry about my sanity when it finally dawned on me that maybe God was trying to tell me something.
The season of Lent, when we take a hard look at our sinfulness, is always a hard time for me. Through reading, self-denial, and prayer we are to uncover whatever it is that is getting between us and our relationship with God and then to repent of it. My problem is that I seem to have to uncover and repent of the same things over and over again! The sorrow that results from my failures leaves me feeling discouraged and hopeless.
The words of this hymn have reminded me of the fact that the King of heaven, who made me and knew me before I was born, knows very well how feeble my frame is. He loves me even in my most unlovable moments. He spares me because, as the hymn says, He is slow to chide and swift to bless.
As Lent is drawing to a close, I look forward to Easter, certain that in the wideness of his mercy and in spite of my failures, God has rescued me in my distress. I belong to Him who sent Jesus to set me free from sin and death. And so on Easter morning I will sing out loud my praise to the God who has ransomed, healed, restored, and forgiven me.
Praise, my soul, the King of heaven; to his feet thy tribute bring;Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven, evermore his praises sing:Alleluia, alleluia! Praise the everlasting King.
The Rev. Carol BrooksSupport Groups & Crisis Care
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