A Psalm for the South Florida Area

This was scribbled in my journal as a reflection exercise as part of my day-long retreat on Monday. It's based off of Psalm 103, a psalm reflecting on God's past goodness and grace.

Praise the Lord, O my soul;
  all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, O my soul,
  and forget not all his benefits - 
who unites us to himself
  and removes all our rebellion,
who holds us together when we're out of control
  and keeps us from collapsing,
who does the work despite our inadequacy
  so that our youth is not spent in vain.

The Lord sees and cares about the unseen and unregarded and unreached.

He guided Doug Stewart as he drove up and down the coast,
  planting seeds of ministry that waited decades to sprout.

The Lord is compassionate and gracious, 
  slow to give up and abounding in creative generosity.
He will not always accuse,
  nor will he abandon our Area forever;
he does not treat us as our sins deserve
  or repay us according to our selfish past.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
  so great is his love for our ministry teams.
As far as the East is from the West,
  so far has he removed our disobedient strategies from us.
As a father has compassion on his children,
  so the Lord has compassion on the students who long for revival on their campuses;
for he knows how we were formed,
  he remembers our limited capacity.

As for our Staff, our days are like grass,
  we flourish in ministry for a season;
our call or our funding shifts
  and our chapters soon forget us.
But from everlasting to everlasting,
  the Lord's love is with our students
  and his righteousness with the generations that follow,
with those who follow his calling
  and remember his love, grace and truth.

The Lord has established his throne in heaven
  and his kingdom extends to every campus.

Praise the Lord, you Christian faculty
  you wise ones who love his truth,
  who love students for his sake.
Praise the Lord, all you Staff,
  you beautiful servants who do his will.
Praise the Lord, every campus,
  everywhere in his dominion.
Praise the Lord, O my soul.

Have you ever tried re-writing a Psalm to help you reflect and express yourself to God? Try it out!

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