3 Ways to Bless the Lord

What are you thankful for?


That's the question popping up every where this time of year.

I mean, it IS November. The month of Thanksgiving.

Attitude of gratitude


Years ago when I was going through a particularly hard season, I began a gratitude journal. Each evening before bed I would list ten things I was grateful for that day.


The thing about that journal is:


It made me LOOK for things to be thankful for throughout the day.


It really did help my sometimes sourpuss slant on life.


Those years of journaling gratitude helped me see God's blessings in my life.



BLESS.


What does that word mean?


According to trusty ole dictionary.com

bless means to "bestow good of any kind upon".


God has certainly blessed us, hasn't He?!

What are some of your greatest blessings?

Did you know WE are supposed to BLESS GOD?!

It's true. Listen to these words of David in Psalm 103:1


"Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me bless His holy name!"




As I studied this Psalm I wondered:


Exactly HOW are we to bless the Lord?


First I looked up the Hebrew meaning of the word bless as used in this Psalm. Guess what it means!


TO KNEEL


We bless the Lord by kneeling at His feet.



3 Ways to Bless the Lord


I identified three ways we can bless the Lord:

Bless the Lord by kneeling in submission to Him.

Bless the Lord by kneeling in adoration of Him.

Bless the Lord by kneeling in confession to Him.


What is my soul?


Second, I thought about our soul.

What does David mean when he says: "Bless the Lord, O my soul"?


Our soul is our innermost being, it's the part of us that is eternal.

Our soul is where we commune with God, it's the place His Spirit resides.

Our soul consists of our mind, our thoughts, our feelings, and our character.


So David is speaking to himself, seemingly begging his mind, thoughts, feelings, and character to bless the Lord.


When we bless the Lord we are to kneel before Him inwardly as well as outwardly.

To bless the Lord without first doing a soul check would be hypocritical.

We must have clean hands and pure hearts before we can properly bless the Lord.


In another Psalm David said:


Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully. Psalm 24:3-4 NKJV


To properly bless the Lord our mind, thoughts, feelings, and character must line up with God's.


Applying these thoughts to the three ways we can bless the Lord brings a deeper understanding of David's meaning.


Bless the Lord by kneeling in submission to Him.


James tells us we are to:


"Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you." James 4:7


Kneeling in submission to God enables us to overcome Satan. When we bless the Lord this way He strengthens our souls to fight the battle against temptation.


Bless the Lord by kneeling in adoration of Him.


Another word for adoration is glorify. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 6:20:


"For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's."


Kneeling in adoration of God enables us to glorify Him in all we do. When we bless the Lord this way He makes Himself know through us.


Bless the Lord by kneeling in confession to Him.


Confession is an important component in our relationship with God. Listen to these words from Psalm 66:


"If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened." Psalm 66:18


Kneeling in confession to God enables Him to hear us. When we bless the Lord in this way the lines of communication are opened and our relationship with God deepened.


Challenge to bless the Lord


Which of these ways to bless the Lord do you need to work on? This month instead of concentrating on our own blessings, what if we concentrated on blessing the Lord?


How would our relationship with Him change if, every day for the next month we did at least one thing to bless our Lord?

You up for the challenge?

I hope you'll join me!

Here's a prayer to focus our hearts:

Father God,

You are the only True God. You are Sovereign over all things. This month we want to learn to bless You.

We want to bless You by kneeling before You in submission.

Spirit, Help us submit our hearts, our minds, and our plans to You.

We want to bless You with our adoration.

Spirit, Help us lift our eyes, our hearts, and our voices to You as offerings of praise and adoration each day.

We want to bless You by kneeling in confession before You.

You are holy, holy, holy. We are Your people, saved by Your grace; but Lord, You know we still struggle with sin in our lives.

Spirit, Open our hearts to see our sin and our mouths to confess it. May we keep our confession current by daily kneeling to bless You with it.

May we grow ever closer to You as we learn to properly bless You.

In Jesus' name, Amen.


Until next time keeping gathering manna, growing deeper, and gaining intimacy!


Your fellow gather-er,


Jane



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