Every day I awake and look for the Lord to bless me and hopefully He will. In small or great ways, daily I enjoy the blessings that He pours out upon me. But Friday morning, I woke with a song in my heart and the words of the writer began to stir my soul. Over and over I found myself singing, “Bless the Lord oh my soul, oh my soul, worship His holy name. Sing like never before, oh my soul, worship his holy name. “ With each recitation, I felt my heart swell with love for God and I began to ask myself, “Do I bless the Lord?”
Repeatedly the scripture tells us that we are to bless Him. We are to bless the Lord at all times. But what do we have that can bless the Lord? Our praise requires more from us than just our words. David says: “O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together” (Psalm: 34:1-3) Just how do we do that? How do we magnify and exalt the infinite God who created us? It seems near impossible. We come naked and we will leave naked, so what do we have that we can bless the Lord with?
We must bless God with a gift He would never have without our giving it to Him.
Now wait right there. That doesn’t seem right. He’s God. He’s limitless. What do we have that He doesn’t????
We have gratitude. We have a willing heart that praises Him for who He is and for what He has done, a heart full of thankfulness, a heart that recognizes that we are undeserving of His mercy. This cannot be bought. It can not be coerced. It can not be manufactured. It must freely come from our hearts. This is something of our own that we can give to God.
Regardless of what lies between the rising and setting of the sun today, no matter the trial or the triumph, we can worship Him in the quiet and in the crowd, in our hearts and with our actions, with our family and with the stranger. Surely, there are countless ways to bless the Lord.
“The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning, It’s time to sing Your song again, Whatever may pass, and whatever lies before me, Let me be singing when the evening comes, Bless the Lord oh my soul, oh my soul, worship His holy name. Sing like never before, oh my soul, worship his holy name” (10,000 Reasons)
Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me. (Psalm 103:2)