Monday, November 10, 2008

Perspective

The last couple of months have been a pretty rough ride for me emotionally, and there have been several times when I've felt pretty empty inside. I often focus too much on the moment and lose sight of the bigger picture. Today was one of those days.

As I was walking home under heavy skies that looked about as gray as I felt, I decided to listen to the "Sunday" playlist on my iPod, which contains religious and other uplifting music. This hymn, which has long been one of my favorites, randomly came up:
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise him, for he is thy health and salvation!
Join the great throng, Psaltery, organ, and song, Sounding in glad adoration!

Praise to the Lord! Over all things he gloriously reigneth.
Borne as on eagle wings, safely his Saints he sustaineth.
Hast thou not seen How all thou needest hath been Granted in what he ordaineth?

Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy way and defend thee.
Surely his goodness and mercy shall ever attend thee.
Ponder anew What the Almighty can do, Who with his love doth befriend thee.

Praise to the Lord! Oh, let all that is in me adore him!
All that hath breath, join with Abraham's seed to adore him!
Let the "amen" Sum all our praises again, Now as we worship before him.
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, by Joachim Neander (listen)

These lyrics struck me powerfully today and brought some much-needed peace. Sure, my life isn't perfect right now, but my trials are "but a small moment", and I have been abundantly blessed. Although I'm certainly weak, God, who loves me, is all-powerful, and he will certainly bear me up, sustain me, prosper my way, defend me, attend me, and befriend me. What more can I ask for?

I, like Nephi, sometimes forget who is on my side. I am grateful for inspiring words and uplifting music that reminded me today. Today's heavy skies will clear, and the future is bright.


A couple of footnotes:
  • BYU has an excellent recording of this and other songs on their Echoes of the Sabbath album.
  • It turns out that the LDS version of this hymn includes only part of the original poetry. The full version (heads up: obnoxious auto-playing music) further develops the theme. It's worth a read.

5 comments:

Kristy said...

I love you and think you are grand. I'm so glad that I have you as a brother.

Shanna and Evan said...

Have you re-read elder Wirthlin's talk from last conference recently? I think it is pretty good and relates to this topic.

Bruce said...

I've listened to it three times and read it once in the past couple of weeks. If only it would sink in a little more...

I See Badgers said...

good post. Tough decisions ahead can be made more clear with the help of the Lord.

Dianey Face said...

I like this post! It's good to ponder on our blessings and spiritual things even when it's not Sunday. :)