Daylight is hanging around a little bit longer each day, and temperatures are ever-so-slowly rising . . . spring is on the horizon! This season post-winter is beautiful in many ways because it represents new beginnings. Just the sight of the sun makes me want to skip outside and soak in its rays.
The following hymn by Samuel Medley (1738-1799) describes a similar delirious delight–one in the loving-kindness of our Lord that is full and new every morning!
Awake, my soul, to joyful lays,
And sing thy great Redeemer’s praise;
He justly claims a song from me;
His loving-kindness is so free!
He saw me ruined in the fall,
Yet loved me notwithstanding all;
He saved me from my lost estate;
His loving-kindness, O how great!
Thro’ mighty hosts of cruel foes,
Where earth and hell my way oppose,
He safely leads my soul along;
His loving-kindness is so strong!
When earthly friends forsake me quite,
And I have neither skill nor might,
He’s sure my helper to appear;
His loving-kindness is so near.
Often I feel my sinful heart
Prone from my Jesus to depart;
And tho’ I have Him oft forgot,
His loving-kindness changes not!