Bless The Lord
“Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Psalm 103:1-5
How do our souls “bless the Lord?’ Is there something we can add to Him that He doesn’t already have? I believe the Psalmist gives us the answer at least in part when he wrote:
“I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Psalm 34:1
Praise blesses the Lord. Our worship of God blesses Him by the flow of love from the abundance in our hearts, if indeed we truly love Him. Ever notice the way love is eager to express itself often and unceasingly given the opportunity? True love is passionate, emotional and deeply felt and fervent to express itself. How do we keep the praise of God continually in our mouths? We do it by having His word abundantly in our hearts. Whatever is in our hearts in abundance is what we will be continually talking about.
I actually knew a lady who was quite elderly, yet she had beauty, strength, energy, health and clarity of mine well into her elder years. The unique thing that most people noticed about her was that she was so filled with the Word of God that she spoke all of her conversations from the Scriptures. Whatever the subject, whatever the question, whatever the circumstance that prompted any comment from her, it was answered with the written Word. And her expressions were never strained or seemed unnatural as though she was trying to impress anyone with her knowledge of the Word. It was quite simply the way she talked all the time.
Someone would, for example, ask her how she was doing and she would answer, “I am the righteousness of God in Christ and I’m walking in the light as He is in the Light. By His stripes I am healed. The joy of the Lord is my strength and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” And whatever question followed that answer would in like manner be responded to the same way.
I heard her once stand before a room of mostly Christian business men and speak for nearly an hour, cogently and with great enthusiasm, holding the rapt attention of everyone in the audience, frequently interrupted with applause and shouts of “AMEN!” speaking nothing but one Scripture after another. And she did it all impromptu without a script or a written speech. She merely spoke from the abundance of what was in her heart.
And there are many other ways we can bless the Lord. Giving to the poor, ministering to and encouraging the weak, the broken and the over-burdened. Loving our enemies, laying down our lives for a friend, being obedient to His commandment of love and so on.
But, we bless Him best when we pour out our hearts to Him in worship.
Bless the Lord O my soul and forget no all His benefits — Forgiveness, Healing, Redemption by His Blood, His loving Kindness and Tender Mercies, His provision of satisfying food the renews our energy and replenishes our strength so that our youth is restored like the power and soaring beauty of the eagle in flight.
“Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!” Psalm 107:8