Bless the Lord

Psalm 103 starts with these verses:8f2280d1d79930e5d2893ab118c2a23b
Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits –
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

And then it ends with these verses:
20 Praise the Lord, you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his bidding,
who obey his word.
21 Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts,
you his servants who do his will.
22 Praise the Lord, all his works
everywhere in his dominion.
Praise the Lord, my soul.

The key to blessing God according to the Psalmist is that God is the One:
Who forgives all your iniquity?
Who heals all your diseases?
Who redeems your life from the pit?
Who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy? (Psalm 103:3-4)

The poet George Herbert, a 17th century Anglican pastor wrote,
Of all the creatures both in sea and land
Only to man you have made know your ways,
And put the pen alone into his hand,
And made him Secretary of your praise.

Humanity is God’s secretary of praise. Praising God creates intimacy with God. King David experienced this. Ann Voskamp in her book One Thousand Gifts wrote, “Unless we speak praise, we consistently speak poison. Unless we are intentional about giving God glory throughout the day, our days unintentionally give way to grumbling.” Citing Ann Voskamp again who said, “A life contemplating the blessings of Christ becomes a life acting the love of Christ.”

“What we bless becomes what matters to us. What matters creates what we do.  So our offering of worship leads our reply to God’s blessing love in our lives.  We receive and make a return that involves giving our whole selves to God. This kind of life is the exact opposite of being stuck in yourself! The blessing loop is so simple:  God blesses. We bless God in return. We bless others in obedience.” (Gerrit Dawson – The Blessing Life)

Therefore Praise the Lord O my soul and all that is within – Praise the Lord.

May we praise the Lord continually!

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