Saturday, March 21
Psalm 103:1 Of David. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Bless the Lord, O My Soul!
At the beginning of Creation, God said, “Let there be light!”, and there was light; that was the first day. Then He separated the light from the darkness, and there was night, evening and morning.
Recently, our Aldersgate bell choir attended a workshop in Crozet. There was one song that I particularly loved, “10,000 Reasons – Bless the Lord, O My Soul!” It had some challenging rhythms, but we all came to love playing it because of its sheer beauty. At the workshop, our clinician brought us to an even deeper understanding of this lovely song by talking about the lyrics after we had played it for the first time. Here are those lyrics:
The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning, it’s time to sing Your song again.
Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me, let me be singing when the evening comes.
Bless the Lord oh my soul, oh my soul, worship His Holy name. Sing like never before, oh my soul, I’ll worship Your Holy name.
You’re rich in love and You’re slow to anger, Your name is great and Your heart is kind.
For all Your goodness I will keep on singing, Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find.
And on that day when my strength is failing, the end draws near and my time has come.
Still my soul will sing Your praise unending, ten thousand years and then forevermore.
The director guided us to a contemplative place using the following imagery. You are sitting outside early one morning, drinking that first cup of coffee in near-darkness and waiting for sunrise. As the sun appears on the horizon, things begin to take shape in its light, and the darkness is pushed away. The rising of the sun reveals things that had been hidden by darkness and that in shadow might even have aroused fear. As the sun comes into full view, in sharp contrast to the darkness of mere minutes before, there is an explosion of beauty that only God could create. At that point, the prayerfulness of the song turns to an overwhelming outpouring of praise for God and his handiwork. The praise comes forth from us as powerfully as a rushing waterfall.
As resurrection believers, we know that Christ was crucified on that dark afternoon, and we believe that He rose on the third day and filled the earth with light and His believers with song like that never before heard. Let us be calm and watchful in the darkness of Lent, knowing that the light of Christ will surely burst forth on Easter morning, and we will be rewarded for our wait.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, fill us with your light and bring us the joy that comes in the morning after the darkness of night. Amen.