As I was reading these words…
‘Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name….’ my thoughts went to the shepherds and the wise men.
They laid everything aside to go to worship and adore the Lord Jesus Christ!
Friends, shall we too make an effort to go as these shepherds and wise men and as David says in this psalm, to worship Jesus, to bless the Lord with ALL that is within us. To give ourselves daily to worship and adore our King?
‘Bless the LORD, O MY soul: and ALL that is within me, bless his holy name.’
This Hebrew word ‘barak’, translated as ‘bless’ is no mundane, half hearted word. It’s used many times in the old Testament to speak of both covenant and dying blessings.
It’s used when God blessed His creation, when Jacob wrestled with God and God made His covenant with Abraham. It’s used when God blessed the Sabbath day and when a dying Jacob blessed Ephraim and Manasseh.
Friends, God loads us with blessings every single day. Each new breath, each ray of sunshine, each smile from a friend, each singing bird, even each pain or sorrow we bear that God uses to draw us closer and make us lean harder upon Him, they’re all incredible blessings from a loving, gracious God.
How often do we bless Him in return?
What does David find to bless God for in the psalm and can we join in with him?
God forgives and heals us from the disease of sin. He redeems us from the destruction of hell. He satisfies us with good things, with His love and renews our youth like the eagle’s.
If you take a moment and continue to read psalm 103 Friend you’ll see so much that God does for His children.
When life gets you down remind yourself of God’s goodness, praise Him because praise brings perspective.
Bless the Lord O precious struggling soul, bless Him with every fibre of your being, thank Him in the hard and He’ll flood your heart with peace.
This isn’t a should do praising though Friends, it’s a think of all God has done for you, until your heart overflows with love and thankfulness type of praise. THIS is truly blessing, adoring and praising God.
May we each by God’s grace spend this Christmas season and every day counting our blessings one by one until our hearts are moment by moment blessing our loving, gracious God.
Photo by kind permission of Jane Rowland.