Summary: Once the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray...
BLESS THE LORD
Text: "Bless the Lord, 0 my soul"
Once the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray. There isn’t any record that they ever asked Him to teach them how to PRAISE -- Should they, He probably would had taught them Psalm 103
"Bless the Lord, 0 my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, 0 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).
That, my friend, is a manual for praise.
David remembers that God is the God of mercy and grace. "The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting ... unto children’s children; to such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them" (Psalm 103:17,18).
This theme fills the presence of God. "Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure. Bless the Lord, all his works in all places of his dominion" (Psalm 139:20-22).
I. I must notice the direction - "within me."
1. Praise is not some spatter"-- vain repetition.
2. It is inwardness, a condition, a flow.
3. It is not something done from script, a form.
4. It is creative. It is personal.
II. It employs the outward-
1. a loud voice"-the "timbrel, harp, organ."
2. But they, and others, are only instruments
3. The Heart Originates Praise.
a. There must be spontaneity. There must be
desire. It is forever "all that is within me"
b. No outward form can replace it-never!
III. That provides a common denominator.
1.You may not be able to play a trombone, a
trumpet, a violin, a flute.
2. You may not be able to sing tenor, baritone,
bass. But you can praise Him acceptably if
there is that "inwardness."
3. "Have you got a ’within,’ or are you
all ’outward’--all religious polish and luster?
Have you anything within? Are you a living
soul? Have you an inner man? Or have you only
taught your clever animal being to perform
highly interesting church tricks?"
IV. "All that is within"-what is it, what is that ALL?
1. It is reason, and the will, emotions,
conscience, memory, desires. Without
that "ALL" you are a carcass. They are the
issues of life.
2. They reach out after God as a babe toward
milk. Men submerge them in trespass, but never
silence them. They ache for reconciliation.
They are always turning from the foul and the
pigpen toward "righteousness, and peace, and
joy in the Holy Ghost" (Romans 14:17).
3. That is the canal of praise. "All that is
4. Your real world, sir, is within, not without.
It isn’t in the clamor and the flash of the
neon. It isn’t in the bell of the cash
register or the pride of a certificate. It
V. Bless His "holy name."
A.You experience a new world. It’s a world of