Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs: a new hymn find and an old memory

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭103:1-5‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Adventures in Odyssey is hands down one of my favorite radio shows from growing up. I would still catch episodes driving back from breaks in grad school. I always hear the first two verses of Psalm 103 in Whit’s voice. I forgot the episode, but it was intense. He was hiding behind the counter after being hit and injured… I think because of a storm. But this is the first thing that came to his mind and the meditation to calm his fears during that moment. And that stayed with me from childhood until now.

Yesterday, I read this hymn for what feels like the first time. I haven’t played or sung it yet. But it brought to mind that Adventures in Odyssey memory. And I was reminded of Paul’s admonition for believers to speak to each other in Psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Whether spoken or sung, this can only happen if these Psalms become the meditations of our hearts. Those meditations then become spoken encouragements that stay through the years.

Years like this one- and even years ahead- mean we must stayed anchored in truth. Stay anchored, friends.

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