“Me? Bless the Lord? How?”
"I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the LORD; The humble shall hear of it and be glad." Psalm 34:1-2
Easy for David to say, “I will bless the Lord at all times,” after all, he was a gifted singer and psalmist and a mighty warrior, a king and a ruler over nations. I’m just an ordinary person. I need to be blessed. I have nothing to bless the Lord with. He owns it all, including me. What can I bless Him with?
Blessing the Lord at all times is a natural result of living with an awareness of God and a sensitivity to the Holy Spirit to desire God’s best for ourselves and for others, The motivating force of love is the power to live like God, like Jesus Christ, His Son, our Lord, in the world. And this is not a love that we have to search for or gain only by arduous struggle or exhaustive labor. It comes from the work of the Holy Spirit in us.
“And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” Romans 5:5
It is the love of God in us that prompts us to be compassionate, caring, long-suffering, giving and forgiving, to desire and live the truth, to think, speak and act like Jesus.
It is by this means that we bless the Lord at all times, when we speak a word of encouragement to someone, when we pray for someone, when we visit them in times of need, when we speak truth to ourselves and others, when we show mercy and when we judge righteously,
—when we rebuke and reprove in love and when we boldly stand for the right and do not succumb to the entrapments of the evil one, when we refrain from dishonest dealings, and disassociate with those who do not, when we walk by faith and when we confess our sins, when we fellowship with those who love God and join them in worship and praise of Him,
—when we try with a right motive whether we succeed or not, when we celebrate what is good and beautiful and wise, when we resist evil and give no place to the devil, when we are diligent and faithful in our occupations and businesses, when we mind the little things and take time with children,
—when we correct wrong and honor right, when we rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him, when we fall and keep getting up again and again, because we know his mercy endures forever, when we run to win the race, when we sacrifice for the glory of God,
—when we love those who hate us as much as those who love us, when we judge not that we be not judge, when we laugh deeply and dance with abandon, when we take care of the mundane, daily tasks of life with a sense of gratitude and grace,
—when we are angry but stop short of sin, when we bring joy to others and just spend time with friends, when we sit alone with contentment and peace, when we enjoy the gifts of friends, when we reward and show appreciation for kindnesses shown to us, when we applaud the righteous winners, theirs and ours, when we honor our parents and the elderly, when we pass on what we’ve learned to the next generation.
—when we praise God in the good times and in the bad, when things are easy when they are hard, when we are young, when we are old, when we show kindness without expectation of reward, when we do a job well whether we are paid for it or not, when we give our time, when we cook or in any way provide a meal for others, when we volunteer at a place where souls are hungry for the necessities of life, when we trust God with all our whole heart. When we do these things we bless the Lord.
Blessing the Lord at all times and praising Him continually is just about living our lives moment-by-moment, day-by-day in all that we do, acknowledging Him and being grateful.