Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget none of His benefits;
Who pardons all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases;
Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
Who satisfies your years with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.
The Lord performs righteous deeds
And judgments for all who are oppressed.
He made known His ways to Moses,
His acts to the sons of Israel.
The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.
He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him.
As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.
For He Himself knows our frame;
He is mindful that we are but dust.
As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
When the wind has passed over it, it is no more,
And its place acknowledges it no longer.
But the lovingkindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children,
To those who keep His covenant
And remember His precepts to do them.
The Lord has established His throne in the heavens,
And His sovereignty rules over all.
Bless the Lord, you His angels,
Mighty in strength, who perform His word,
Obeying the voice of His word!
Bless the Lord, all you His hosts,
You who serve Him, doing His will.
Bless the Lord, all you works of His,
In all places of His dominion;
Bless the Lord, O my soul!
I love you, Dad. Get better soon.
14 thoughts on “A Psalm for My Dad”
To Mr. James’ Dad,
I also hope, and pray, you feel better very soon.
Shalom to you James.
Thanks. He’s supposed to be on the mend but he’s not out of the woods yet and he’s over 80.
Sorry your dad is having health problems. My parents are also in their 80’s, and today is mom’s 82 b-day.
James: My mother is 75 and at that age, things get somehow difficult. But the Lord is good and does good, so each and every day He watches over us all, so tell your Dad that he is not alone, nor will be ever.
I also pray that that your Dad will get better soon.
@Chaya: Thanks. Yesterday (the 22nd) was my Mom’s birthday as well.
@Alfredo: Thanks. May Hashem be willing.
@Chaya and @James: What a blessing… My Mother’s birthday was on Saturday the 19th!
Talked to Mom a little while ago. Dad’s doing a bit better but he still has his ups and downs. Good news is that he’s on a solid diet now. His oxygen levels are at 100% when he’s sitting up but he labors to breathe when he’s lying down. The doctor guessimates that Dad will be inpatient another three days or so.
Mom spent the night w/him last night at the hospital. She’s exhausted and will stay home to get some rest tonight. This is when it’s tough to live so far away but Hashem is watching over Dad, may He be merciful and kind.
Just heard from my wife, who just heard from my sister-in-law, who just heard from Mom. Turns out Dad has pneumonia and some problem with E Coli. His doc says that they can take care of him and get him back on his feet. The news just about knocked me off mine, but my wife says this is good news.
Baruch Hashem. His blessings know no limit.
Emunah in HaShem is what makes us live, and He will guide the doctors to do what it takes to get your Dad back home. He is surely good.
Just a short update. Mom called a little while ago to say that Dad’s back home. He’s really weak but his fever’s been gone for over a day and he can eat and hold down solid food.
Mom saw this blog post and printed it out for Dad to read. I think he was really touched and I’m glad he was able to read it. May God continue to provide a complete healing for Dad, physically, spiritually, and in every way, blessed be God’s Name.
I’m glad to read such good news! Baruch HaShem!
I hope your Dad continues to improve. Blessings…
Thanks. Mom emailed yesterday saying he’s got his appetite back. A good sign.