Summary: REASONS FOR PRAISE
Why Bless The Lord?
Sunday June 8, 2008
Psalms 103:1-5 (KJV)
1 Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
We have come to the Lord’s house on another Sunday with a divine intent to give him praise honor and glory-----why because he kept us1
Millions didn’t make it but we are one of those who did---why, because God kept us!
In the past four months, we’ve seen on the news tens of thousands of people were victims of earthquakes cyclones and tornados from the America all the way through China and other remote parts of the world: God kept us!
Stray bullets fly every day in our city but we are here, why because he kept us!
So, do this for me “Repeat after me”:
God has kept me here for a reason!
I have survived because He has a plan for my life. (1)
All of my bad relationships, the bad credit, the repossessions,
The deaths of my loved ones, the back stabbing from my “so called friends”, the negative thoughts, or the lack of support:
I made it because I am one of the BLESSED!
I must Release and let go of all past hurts, misunderstandings, and grudges because I am abundantly blessed!
I now recognize them as the illusions they are, and were sent from the enemy to kill your spirit, steal your joy, and destroy your faith;
For GOD is all there is. All else is a lie!
Now give yourself a hug wipe your tears away and walk in victory!
Today it is our attempt to approach the word “bless or blessing” from a different angle
We come to church to get a blessing
We sing song like our hit song from 4 projects ago “The Lord is blessing me right now”
We tell people when they sneeze “God bless you”---and the thought behind that is that it is said for the moment you sneeze your heart stops beating so the blessing is to pronounce life
We get in the prayer line for a blessing
We follow the prophetic to get a blessing
We come to church to get a blessing
We give offerings to get a blessing
We seek the Lord’s face for a blessing
We pray for a blessing----------but how then can we BLESS THE BLESSER? (2)
HOW CAN WE BLESS THE KING OF KINGS AND THE LORD OF LORDS?
HOW CAN WE BLESS OUR MAKER, CREATER?
WE BLESS OTHERS REGULARLY
I CAN SAY RIGHT NOW----“I BLESS YOU BELOVED”
I BLESS SENATOR HILLARY CLINTON FOR FINALLY MAKING THE RIGHT MOVE
OF CORSE WE BLESS BARAK OBAMA IN HIS PURSUIT TO BECOME THE HIGHEST RANKING OFFICER OF THIS COUNTRY
BUT HOW DO YOU BLESS THE LORD?
Thoughts of God’s grace parade before the soul of the singer.
The writer of our text is “God’s man”----his thoughts flow God -ward says Spurgeon as he thinks of the benefits he owes to God and the benefits he receives from God;
Hear him as he says “bless the Lord Oh my soul and all that is within me bless his holy name. Bless the Lord all my soul and forget not his benefits”
DON’T YOU DARE FORGET WHAT HE’S DONE FOR YOU, TO YOU AND THROUGH YOU! ------DON’T MAKE ME ANGRY---BECAUSE THE LORD HAS BEEN GOOD TO EVERYBODY UP IN HERE AND WE OWE HIM DEARLY---HGPTO
There’s not much else we can bring to God!
Can we offer him our money? He can create the galaxies of gold at his word if He wills.
Can we offer him our service? He has ministers and angelic hosts of state far greater and gifted than we that attend to his throne.
Can we offer him our abilities? ----actually they are already his for the writer of the Hebrews says in him we live, move and have our being (3)
There must be something in “blessing him” to wrought pure thanksgiving worship and praise!
BUT WHAT IS REALLY MENT BY THIS KING JAMES TERMINOLOGY OF BLESSING THE LORD
This book of Psalms is my favorite book of the bible---I read Psalms in the morning for devotion and I read “Proverbs in the evening” for wisdom
Psalms is a book of devotion
Psalms is a book of inspiration
Psalms is the hymn book of the bible
Psalm is an inspirational book
Psalms is an educational book
Psalms is the book of gathering
Psalms is a book of promises