Psalm 103:1 1BLESS (AFFECTIONATELY, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul; and all that is [deepest] within me, bless His holy name!
This verse proclaims Bless the Lord O my soul! David is reminding himself to praise the Lord. Our soul is made up of our mind, our will and emotions, and how many of you know that sometimes they don’t necessarily want to praise the Lord. Have you ever been in church, your hands and voice lifted in worship, but your mind is busy thinking about what you are going to fix for lunch, or what you have to do for the rest of the day? Or have you ever been in a bad mood, and you just didn’t want to bless the Lord because emotionally you were spent? At some point or another, I think everyone goes through a time when they would rather do anything but offer praise to God. Psalm 34:1 however, instructs us 1I WILL bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. No matter what we think, no matter what we want and no matter how we feel, we should be blessing the Lord all the time. If you look up what ALL means, it says it the whole of, any and every. Any and every moment of any and every day is time we have to offer praise to God. It may sound crazy, but if you keep His praise continually in your mouth, your soul will soon line up with your words. If you are having a bad day, but you just begin to praise the Lord- telling Him how good He is, thanking Him for all He’s done for you- your emotional state will change.
The second part of today’s verse says and all that is [deepest] within me, bless His holy name! There’s that word ALL again. Every part of our being is to bless the Lord. Our thoughts, our words, and our actions should bless Him. If we are to bless Him in everything we don’t have time to think things that don’t glorify Him, we don’t have time to say things that don’t bring glory to Him and we don’t have time to do things that don’t honor Him. Much easier said than done I know, but it is something we can achieve. It all comes down to doing what the Word says. Philippians 4:8 shows us how to focus our thoughts- 8For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them]. We see how to focus our words in Ephesians 4:29 Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it. 1 Corinthians 10:31 shows us how to govern our actions-…whatever you may do, do all for the honor and glory of God.
Today as you go about your day, make up your mind that everything you do will glorify the Lord, and that His praise will continually be in your mouth. As you bless Him at all times with everything in you, you will see His blessings come back upon you.