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.
A person with a cloudy view, with a misguided focus, who may be steeped in self may question why man should bless the Lord. The answer is simple – because of Who He is and all the many graces He has bestowed upon us John 1:16, we have reason to do so. David gives a very specific list that we will look at later but because He is God: Jehovah, Elohim, the Sovereign, the Almighty, the Creator…and we are not, is reason enough. Because this Holy, Righteous, Pure, and Perfect God “so loved us that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16)” is sufficient of itself.
David says “and forget not all His benefits.” Life, salvation, and all the great things the Father has done, give us reason to bless Him. When you, when I, think about the goodness of the Lord on our behalf, there should be no hesitation, no resistance, no reluctance, no waiting, no skepticism – there should be a spontaneous, willing, and conscious bowing before Him with the blessing of praise and thanks. No one should have to prompt us, coax us, plead with us, ask us or work us up – as loving, as good, as kind, as merciful, as compassionate that our gracious God has been to each of us, we should hurry up and bless His Name.
There are many things that I forget from time to time. I find myself sometimes saying I meant to do this, I meant to do that. May the Lord ever protect and keep me [us] from a cloudy view, a misguided-focus or being our own ‘g’ods that would huh hinder our blessing the Lord!
Just like David, in the strength of the Lord, I pray that we will always stir our total being; body, soul, and spirit to bless the Lord so that we will not forget all His benefits. I pray to always be conscious that it has been and always will be His grace and mercy that keeps me, and that I would always be so grateful that it would be my joyful delight to bless His Holy Name.
There is not one divine action, grace, or dealing of God that should ever be forgotten for “In him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28).” David calls upon his soul to remember ‘all’ God has done. David knows he has reason, after reason for blessing the Name of the Lord and so it is with every man. We can all join the Psalmist in declaring, Lord, if it had not been for You who was and is on my side, where would I be and I just want to bless Your Name, proclaim and display Your glory, and give You thanks! There is a song that proclaims “I’ve Got a Reason to Shout” and it is true. Hallelujah, Bless the Holy Name of the Lord!
May I say that sometimes in the abundances of God’s great graces and blessing, our view does become cloudy, misguided and self becomes our focus…sometimes to the point that we bless our own names instead of His. I think in terms of today, that would be called “getting it twisted.” The Scriptures would teach us to know that:
- “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence (2 Peter 1:3).”
- His warning in Exodus is still applicable today, “You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.” Deuteronomy 8:17-18
- “What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?” 1 Corinthians 4:7
- “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him. For he laid the earth’s foundation on the seas and built it on the ocean depths.” Psalm 24:1
David had great position, wealth, and power and repented when he did get it twisted. God used him to pen this blessed Psalm so we would not. The Lord uses David to teach us regarding specific blessings, praise and thanks. We will look at this on Monday but in the meantime, let’s remember that there is never any reason to wait, today is the perfect moment, the perfect opportunity to bless the Holy Name of the Lord!