How Can I Bless God?

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” (Psalm 103:1–5, ESV)

Scripture, and the Psalms in particular, are filled with the idea that we can and should bless God. Our lives should be a blessing to Him. He should somehow benefit from the way we relate to and respond to Him. But how?

Do you have that person in your family that’s just impossible to buy a gift for. They have everything they need. They have the resources to get anything they want. God is like that times infinity. He is completely self sufficient. He doesn’t need anything. We are not His source of anything at any level.

How then can we bless Him?

As you read the Bible, especially the Psalms and the Prophets, you will notice a poetic and linguistic tendency to say the same thing twice, but using different language each time. In this kind of couplet, each way of stating the same essential truth provides explanation for the other way of stating that same truth.

In the first statement, the psalmist commands his own soul to bless the Lord.

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!” (Psalm 103:1, ESV)

In the second statement, the psalmist issues this same command differently.

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,” (Psalm 103:2, ESV)

When is God blessed by my life? When I “forget not all his benefits.”

In the Hebrew, “forget” means to fail to remember, to ignore, to cease to care. “Benefits” refers to the way God rewards us, the way He deals with us in our lives. God is blessed by me when I live with a deep abiding awareness of God and His benefits in my life. What are those benefits?

“who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” (Psalm 103:3–5, ESV)

  • God is blessed when I live with a deep awareness of His grace.
  • God is blessed when I live with a deep awareness of His healing touch.
  • God is blessed when I live with a deep awareness of His restoration.
  • God is blessed when I live with a deep awareness of His covenant faithfulness.
  • God is blessed when I live with a deep awareness of His generous provision.

May our lives benefit the God who needs nothing by allowing Him to fully benefit us.

2016-10-17T10:29:28-06:00

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