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, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (I encourage you to read the entire chapter when you have the time.)
What does it mean to bless the lord? We sing it multiple times in songs (10,000 Reasons) and read in the Scripture, but what does it truly mean? And are we, in fact, doing this?
This Psalm by David is a psalm of worship. He starts off with preparing his heart for worship, and then begins to praise the Lord for all He is and has done. The first verse David says to himself, “Bless the Lord, O my soul.” He begins by preparing his heart. He then says the exact same thing in verse 2 almost as if he is realizing the imperative necessity of the coming worship and adoration in which he will engage.
Our soul is our entire being. It is every part of us. It encompasses all of our most inward thoughts and emotions as well as how other people see us. When David is saying bless the Lord, O my soul, it is as if he is starting to grasp what and who God is in this very moment and reacting to the very nature of God. David lets the Lord consume Him in this time of worship, and prays that His entire being would worship the Lord.
How often do we actually realize and surrender our souls to the Lord? During our times of worship together, do we let the presence of the Lord consume us in a way that our whole being is praising His name? Charles Spurgeon said it like this, “He [David] shows us that we have need, again and again, to bestir ourselves when we are about to worship God, for it would be shameful for anything less than the utmost our souls can render.” In other words, if we aren’t giving Him our all, perhaps we aren’t blessing the Lord.
This week, let us examine our hearts and souls, and bless the Lord with all we have.