5.13.2020 Blessing the Lord
WORD FOR THE WARRIOR MAY 13, 2020 BLESSING THE LORD
ANOINTED SONG BY JENN & BRIAN JOHNSON
HOW DO WE BLESS THE LORD?
We are familiar with God’s blessings upon us, but what does it mean for us to bless the Lord? The phrases ‘bless the Lord’ and ‘bless God’ are found primarily in the Old Testament. The Psalms, especially, are filled with the psalmists’ blessings upon God. The Hebrew word translated ‘bless’ or ‘praise’ means literally ‘to kneel’, the implication being to kneel in worship.
Therefore, to bless the Lord means to praise Him, exalt Him, and worship Him. The Psalms are filled with blessings upon God for His counsel (Psalm 16:7), His holiness (Psalm 103:1), His dominion over all things (Psalm 103:22), His honor and majesty (Psalm 104:1). We offer Him our praise and blessings because He deserves them. Unlike God’s blessings upon us, which are wholly undeserved and by His mercy and grace, our blessing God is done out of an understanding that He is the true praiseworthy Creator and our heavenly Father. God is glorified when we bless and praise and acknowledge Him. That acknowledgement comes in the form of praise, adoration, thanksgiving and love. That is what we were originally created for. However, no man can bless God in this way unless He is right with God—only possible through our faith in Christ. It is only once we have been truly blessed by God in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 1:3) that we can bless God in return, in a manner that pleases Him.
Recommended Resource: Knowing God by J.I. Packer
O Lord, I come to you today—with a desire to BLESS YOU. Psalm 100:4 tells me Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, And into his courts with praise: Give thanks unto him, and bless his name.
So today I enter into your gate being so thankful for everything (list your own here—can be loved ones, health, life, your home, your healing, salvation…whatever comes from your thankful heart—take ample time doing this). Remind me Holy Spirit to always start my time with a thankful heart.
Then I praise you Lord, with my lips, my heart, my spirit, my vision.
I just came to praise the Lord by Shane McConnell
Now I give thanks again
Give Thanks by Don Moen
Now I Will Bless Thee O Lord
Lord, I am here with you—and now come into worship.
I will worship you by Matthew Ward
It is so important to worship God with song, with your total attention on HIM ONLY. You may find that these songs will be re-playing in your spirit throughout the day! Hence, you will find yourself in worship while raking the yard, walking the dog, making the beds, even sleeping! Like Brother Lawrence—who learned how to Practice the Presence of God while washing the endless pots and pans in the Carmelite monastery in the 1600’s—was over joyed and thankful every minute of the day—no matter what he was doing. He found himself thinking about God all the time! His words were: “I renounced, for the love of HIM, everything that was not He, and I began to live as if there was none but He and I in the world.” Soon even the most menial and unwelcome tasks took on a new meaning—as he did everything out of his love for God.
So Lord, bring us into this WORSHIP of YOU ALONE—and may we live a LIFE OF WORSHIP in everything we do. We thank you O Lord, for this gift—of bringing us into your presence. We love you, Lord, and we bless your Holy Name. Amen