Cezanne. Still Life with Apples and Oranges. Musée d’Orsay.
With my whole heart, with my whole life, and with my innermost being,
I bow in wonder and love before you, holy God!
Yahweh, you are my soul’s celebration.
How could I ever forget the miracles of kindness you’ve done for me?
You kissed my heart with forgiveness, in spite of all I’ve done.
You’ve healed me inside and out from every disease.
You’ve rescued me from hell and saved my life.
You’ve crowned me with love and mercy.
You satisfy my every desire with good things.
You’ve supercharged my life so that I soar again like a flying eagle in the sky!
Lord, you’re so kind and tenderhearted and so patient with people who fail you!
Your love is like a flooding river overflowing its banks with kindness.
You may discipline us for our many sins, but never as much as we really deserve.
Nor do you get even with us for what we’ve done.
Higher than the highest heavens—that’s how high your tender mercy extends!
Greater than the grandeur of heaven above is the greatness of your loyal love.
Farther than from a sunrise to a sunset—that’s how far you’ve removed our guilt from us.
The way a loving parent feels toward his children—are your tender feelings for us.
You know all about us, inside and out.
You are mindful that we’re made from dust.
Our days are so few, and our momentary beauty so swiftly fades away!
Then all of a sudden we’re gone, like grass clippings blown away in a gust of wind.
Your endless love stretches from one eternity to the other, unbroken.
Your promises pass from parents to their children and grandchildren, and beyond.
You are faithful to all those who follow your ways and keep your word.
Yahweh has established his throne in heaven; his kingdom rules the entire universe.
I will bless and praise the Lord with my whole heart—let everything bless the Lord!