Bless the Lord, O My Soul

lifting-up-handsToday in Psalm 145:2 I read David’s words:  “Every day I will bless You, and I will praise Your name forever and ever.”   David very clearly declares he will bless the Lord each day for the rest of his life.

Haven’t you wondered about this—how is this even possible? How can we bless God? Isn’t He the Blesser and we the blessees?

Jack Hayford, in his wonderful book, Living the Spirit-Filled Life, states that the idea of “blessing” is a reciprocal event:

The two ideas of giving and receiving a blessing are brought together in the word David uses here for “bless,” in Hebrew barach, which is derived from berech, “knee.” In Old Testament times, one got down on his knees when preparing to speak or receive words of blessing.

The act of blessing, therefore, is a two-way street. On God’s end, He is the Blesser, the Source of everything we need to daily live a rich, committed life. There are many biblical instances of God imparting a blessing or promising future blessings  (Genesis 1:28, Genesis 9:1, Genesis 17:20, Exodus 32: 29, Numbers 6:22-27, Haggai 2:19, Malachi 3:10, Hebrews 6:14, to name a few).

On our end, it requires an adjustment of altitude and attitude. We must kneel — hit our knees — fall before our Authority and the One Who gives good gifts. He is Jehovah Jireh!

In summary . . .  God gives to us the enabling, through the wonderful Holy Spirit, to live each day in obedience to Him. From our knees, we respond back to our loving Father with words and songs of praise. This plays out everyday as unceasing worship to God. Realize from Whom your blessings flow!

Next time you read “bless” in the Word, think about its reciprocal meaning.

Yes, you can “bless” the Lord! Acknowledge His many gifts! Lift up your songs and prayers of praise to your Great Blesser!

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