The doctor had given the family the bad news.
The older man in the hospital bed would soon pass from this life.

The older man called his son to the bedside.
"Son, there's something I want you to do when I die."

The son said, "Anything, Dad."

The older man said, "Have my body cremated.
Then put the ashes in a small box.
Then mail the box to the IRS.
Put a note in there: Now you have EVERTHING!"

Ps 85:1-4
1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Ko'rah. LORD, thou hast been favourable unto thy land: thou hast brought back the captivity of Jacob.
2 Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin. Selah.
3 Thou hast taken away all thy wrath: thou hast turned thyself from the fierceness of thine anger.
4 Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause thine anger toward us to cease.

When I was a teenager, we had a counselor (Charlie Feazel) for our Royal Ambassadors at church.
Uncle Charlie (as I called him) was always bringing in some block of wood, a piece of cypress log, or something like that.

He would ask us, "What do you SEE in that block of wood?"

Some of the kids would say, "I see a lamp."
Some would say, "I see a horse."
Me? Oh, I couldn't see ANYTHING.
My answer was always the same, "Uncle Charlie, all I see is a block of wood."

I have no vision for seeing what might come out of a block of wood.
But when Uncle Charlie would read a passage of Scripture, then ask,
"What do you SEE in this?" it was a different story!

What do YOU SEE in the Scripture above?
I see Israel in distress.

For some reason the song-writer recalls the manner in which God has delivered Israel in the past.
He saved them from slavery in Egypt (verse 1),
He had forgiven their sins (verse 2),
He had removed His wrath and given them peace (verse 3).

Then, the psalmist is asking God to do that AGAIN! (verse 4)

Let us ask God the same for America today!

Love ya!