Monday, May 11, 2009

A Position With Benefits

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

Bless the Lord. O my soul….

So begins Psalm 103. “Bless the Lord”. Surely this must be a mistake. How can we do anything that “blesses” our God?

While we maintain our independence and our own agendas, we control our own decisions. The natural course is for us to make decision after decision based upon our own ideas and habits. This is the precise place where we can bless our Lord.

The conscious, deliberate decision to redirect our thoughts toward Jesus brings blessing to our God. This is what Hebrews 13:15 calls a “sacrifice of praise”. Sacrifice is referred to as a sweet aroma to the Lord throughout scripture.

Psalm 103 continues: And forget none of His benefits;
Who pardons all of your iniquities;
Who heals all of your diseases;
Who redeem your life from the pit;
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;
Who satisfies your years with good things…

The purpose for our blessing the Lord is to please Him. The accompanying benefit to us is that it changes and softens our hearts and clears our vision. We refocus our spirits toward the “benefits” that we have received from Him.

As our hearts are softened our spirits begin to soar. The circle begins: we bless the Lord, the Lord blesses us which leads us toward blessing Him more and Him blessing us more, blessing Him, Him blessing us….

It is absolutely critical for us to understand that the order of this blessing is important. If we were to hold out for God’s blessing before we blessed Him, we would be waiting a long, long time. Our focus is askew and no matter what blessings He sends we will miss.

Choose to “bless the Lord” this week and “forget NONE of His benefits”!

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