Summary: Asking four questions about Psalm 103 and answering them.
HOW TO BLESS THE LORD
Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name” (Psalm 103:01).
Today I want to ask four questions about this Psalm and answer them.
1. Who should bless the Lord?
2. What aspect of my life should bless the Lord?
3. Why should I bless God’s name?
4. At what age should we bless the Lord?
A. WHO SHOULD BLESS THE LORD?
1. The Psalmist Talks To Himself.
Your soul is the first audience to which you should speak. Your soul is your best audience, your most honest audience and the most important audience in life. What you say to yourself determines what you are and do. You cannot lie to yourself, you only tell yourself the truth. When you say “Bless the Lord, O my soul,” you know if your heart means what your words say you are doing.
2. The Psalmist Directs Himself To Bless The Lord.
David didn’t tell the angel to bless the Lord, or the works of Creation to bless the Lord, or other believers to bless the Lord, or the nation of Israel to bless the Lord. David spoke to himself.
3. The Psalmist Blesses The Lord Because He Has Been Blessed.
You can never be a great choir leader, until you know the music. You can’t paint a picture on canvas until you see the portrait in your soul. You can’t play hockey until you can ice skate. I’ve never appreciated hockey, because I didn’t ice skate as a boy. You can’t bless the Lord until you know how and where God has blessed you.
Why bless God? (v. 3,4)
a. Who forgiveth all thine iniquities. You can bless God because you’ve been cleansed.
b. Who healeth all thy diseases. You can bless God because of good health.
c. Who redeemeth thy life from destruction. You
can bless God because He protects you from harm.
4. We Can’t Bless The Lord.
It is not possible for us to bless God, because the one who is the “Blesser” is greater than the one who is blessed. So, how can we bless God? It begins when God blesses us, then we in turn bless Him for His goodness to us. When we bless God, we are giving back to him what He deserves. Worship is giving the worthship To God that is due Him.
B. What Part of My Life Should Bless The Lord?
“Bless the Lord O my soul, and all that is within me.” I must bless the Lord with every part of my being, i.e., “All that is within me.”
1. May my lips bless the Lord. Let no evil thing cross my lips, but let me praise Him with my mouth.
2. May my eyes bless the Lord. Let my eyes never look on evil, but may my eyes be always lifted up toward heaven, and always looking to Him in praise.
3. May my “feelings” bless the Lord. Let me not feel evil or rebellion, but may my emotions always express all my love, passion, goodness and depth of heart to God. Let me bless the Lord with depth of emotions.
4. May my “mind” bless the Lord. Let me not think of wickedness or evil, but may I bless the Lord with all of my memory, my reason, my insight, my logic and my rationality. Let my intellect always bless the Lord.
5. May my “volitional nature” bless the Lord. Let me never choose sin, nor ever decide against God. May I always choose to bless the Lord, may I always decide to make Him first, may my will always be His will, and may I always pray like Jesus, “Not my will but thine be done.”
6. May my Spirit bless the Lord. Let my spirit never get discouraged or downcast. May I always bless the Lord with my nature, and my loftiest powers.
7. May my body bless the Lord. Let me never sin with any part of my physical frame. May every part of my body, its moves, its reactions, its strength and its weakness, may all my body bless the Lord.
8. May my eternal soul bless the Lord. Let me bless the Lord with all of my spiritual energies, with all of my spiritual insight, and all of my spiritual drives. May I bless the Lord from the depths of my being.
9. May all of my interests bless the Lord. Let the things that I want, the things that I dream about, the things I desire and the things that attract me. May all of my visions bless the Lord.
10. May all of my energies bless the Lord. May all of my enthusiasm, all of my convictions, all of my honor, all of my sensitivity and all of my impulses bless the Lord through all of my life.