Psalm 103:1, 2
“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.”
I love our National Parks. Please make sure they are on your bucket list with your family. You will never regret it. And, let me suggest you do some hiking while you are visiting them. Pull over at the overlooks and then get yourself in shape to hike the canyons and trails to waterfalls. The views are spectacular and the overall experience will replenish your spirit and remind you of the only one who can fill your soul.
A few weeks ago we got up early, entered Zion National Park in southwest Utah and climbed aboard the bus that would take us to our hike for the day. Since our drop-off zone to pick up the trail head was the last stop in the canyon, we listened to the entire recording being played introducing us to this magnificent national park. One of the segments introduced us to an American Indian who explained what Zion National Park means to his people. He mentioned that the creator put them in this area to take care of the land and respect it. However, like many around the world, they end up worshiping the creation, the spirits of the air and not The Creator of the Universe – the God of the Bible.
As we drove and hiked over the past few weeks in some of the most beautiful country in the world, we were reminded of the Creator behind it all. All of Creation sings of God’s glory and points to His creative work. Even as we gazed into the night sky in Canyon Lands National Park, we were reminded of Psalm 19:1 “the heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” Sunrise at Arches National Park reminded us of God’s Imax, 3-D display of His majesty. Our entire trip reminded each of us of the God of the Bible, the Creator behind it all. His creation sings of His presence.
As I stated on Sunday, Psalm 103 is a great Psalm to conclude our summer series in this remarkable book. This collection of songs and poetry reveal to us the raw “notes” of life and yet reminds us over and over that God is our refuge and strength. We are encouraged to not forget the Lord and all of His benefits to us.
Remember that His steadfast love is higher than the heavens and is everlasting (Psalm 103:11). Remember that He has forgiven you in Christ and removes your sins as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12). Remember that as your heavenly Father, He loves you and shows you His compassion (Psalm 103:13). Remember His mercy and grace to you, His loyal love and who you are in Him (Psalm 103:4, 8). Remember how much you should offer this same grace and love to others.
As you start to fill your life with the activities of the fall, make sure you take time each day to remember the Lord. When you do, He will fill your soul and provide all you need to make a difference in someone’s life and perhaps lead them to the God of all Creation.