Psalm 103: 1 – 2 —— 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.
We are familiar with God’s blessings upon us, but what does it mean for us to “bless the Lord”. The Psalms, especially, are filled with the psalmists’ blessings upon God.
Therefore, to bless the Lord means to praise Him, exalt Him and worship Him. We offer Him our praise and blessings because He deserves them. Unlike God’s blessings upon us, which are wholly undeserved and by His mercy and grace, our blessing God is done out of an understanding that He is the true praiseworthy Creator and our heavenly Father.
God is glorified when we bless and praise and acknowledge Him. That acknowledgement comes in the form of praise, adoration, thanksgiving and love. That is what we were originally created for.
We must live a life of praise, no matter what we go through in our life. We need to develop this nature in us. We must give thanks to Him in reminding ourselves of all the great things that He has done in our life. It is difficult for us to avoid hell because of our sin nature, but God sent His Son Jesus to take our place and thus save us from hell. We need to remind ourselves of what He has done for us on the cross. When we truly realise the extent of His sacrifice, there will be nothing but thanksgiving and praise coming out of our mouth.
However if out of our mouth comes praise but on the inside, our mind is focused on the trials that surround us, then our praise is void. Most of the time we are very particular about a stellar external performance but our heart is elsewhere.
David writes to recall how God picked Him up as a young shepherd boy and promoted him to a king. Despite this, David saddens God by committing adultery and even murder, but then he recalls how loving God is as God forgives him the moment he asks for forgiveness and is truly sorry for what he has done.
Let us recall what God has done for us and reflect and ask ourselves how often we praise Him. Are we satisfied with all we have or do we compare ourselves with others always wanting more? Do we thank God for His holiness and all He has done in our life?
Today can we make this commitment to Him, to employ our soul to praise God?
The more we thank God for all that we have received, the more we can remember the mighty things God has done in our life!
A spirit of thankfulness is one of the most distinctive marks of a Christian whose heart is attuned to the Lord. Thank God in the midst of trials and every persecution.