Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD my God, You are very great: You are clothed with honor and majesty—You, Who cover Yourself with light as with a garment, Who stretch out heavens like a curtain, Psalm 104:1.
I sow in tears the joy that overwhelms my soul, for I know that Your grace is sufficient for me—to carry me through to the end of my earthly journey. I know not why this time of present silence is prolonged, nor for what profit my soul will receive from enduring sadness for a season.
The only thing that matters is Your purpose for allowing it to be a benefit—and not a punishment or hindrance—nor to incur sadness and grief, despair and longing, for that which is to be—for all of life is but a transition upward. And momentary darkness, all be it, painful an unsolicited, allows me to see the stars of heaven itself, and the illumination they reflect upon me.
And even though my flesh longs to have the comforts it has been given freely by the Creator, a time of testing and refinement must never be rejected—but welcomed, as imparting the greater yet to be revealed—not the lesser.
For only by His strength am I able to endure that for which I do not understand a reason for its existence. Therefore, how can I object, if I do not fully see—but only in part?
To call into account that which I am only a benefactor and not the owner of, is taking credit for that which I did not create, nor can speak into existence. Therefore, my only response should be of praise and gratitude to be His creation—ever evolving, molded in His likeness and perfection—transforming from the temporal into the eternal.
O LORD, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all. The earth is full of Your possessions—… You send forth Your Spirit, they are created and You renew the face of the earth. May the glory of the LORD endure forever, may the LORD rejoice in His works, … I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being. May my meditation be sweet to Him. I will be glad in the LORD. Bless the LORD, O my soul! Praise the LORD! Psalm 104:24, 30-31, 33-34.