God’s goodness


O my God, You are good;
   there is no one good but You;
   all greatness You are, but all goodness first.
Out of Your goodness You made us;
   by Your goodness we know You;
   for Your goodness we love You;
   after Your goodness we would walk;
   to the goodness of Your Kingdom, come.
Your goodness follows us all the days of our lives,
   and most blessed of all is the promised end
   that we shall see You, come to You, live with You.
Let us begin that heaven here
   through the Spirit Your bounty gives us.
Be the sense of Your goodness ever in our souls,
   waking a goodness that answers to Yours.
Let the Lord be praised daily, even God
   who shows us His goodness plentifully
   and pours His benefits upon us.
Praise the Lord, O my Soul.

WJ Carey, DD, Bishop of Bloemfontein, South Africa, 1920s


Praise the Lord, my soul;
    all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
    and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
    and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

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