“Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name.”  Psalm 103:1
Reading Scripture, we see that King David knew how to praise and bless the Lord.  In 1 Chronicles 29:10-13, David gives us an example of blessing the Lord.  Also in Psalm 103, I believe he tells us how to bless the Lord.  The following is from 1 Chronicles 29:
  • David blessed the Lord before all the assembly (v 10).  It was done publicly.
  • David acknowledged that the Lord God of Israel was their Father.  He established the fact they were in a relationship with the Lord God.
  • David made a declaration that the Lord is greatness, power, glory, victory, and majesty.  Praise is given to the Lord’s attributes (v 11).
  • David knows that heaven and earth and the kingdom belong to the Lord.  He is aware of the sovereignty of God (v 11).
  • David is aware riches and honor come from God.  He is aware that it does not come from man’s effort or from man (v 12).
  • David knows it is God who makes someone great.  Power and might are in the hand of God, who gives strength to all (v 12).
  • David is thankful and gives God praises.  He praises God’s glorious name.  He gives glory to God.
We are provided additional information in how to bless the Lord in Psalm 103:1-19.
  • David gives a testimony about the Lord, who forgives iniquities, heal diseases, redeems individuals from destruction, operates with lovingkindness and mercies, provides the mouth with good things, and renews the youth like the eagles (vs 1-5).
  • David highlights the righteousness of God, who executes justice for the oppressed, makes His ways and acts known to His children.  David was aware of God’s mercy and grace.  God is slow to anger and does not deal with us according to our iniquities (vs 6-10).
  • David states that God has great mercy towards those who fear Him.  He removes our transgression from us, and remembers that we are dust (vs 11-14).
  • David acknowledges that man’s days are short, but the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those that fear Him and keep His covenant (vs 15-19).
We can use David’s example to bless the Lord. It is great that we have our personal quiet time with the Lord. This helps us spiritually. Yet, there is much benefit to blessing God in the presence of others. In our daily walk, let us incorporate our personal testimony and the testimony of God in conversations with others.
Our relationship with God comes through our acceptance of Jesus Christ, as Savior. The Apostle John tells us “But as many as receive Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” John 1:12 NKJV
We have many reasons to praise God with a heart of thanksgiving. In addition to thankful hearts, let us join David in blessing the Lord our God for his grace and mercy towards us collectively and, not just in private. The world lies in darkness. Share the light by giving your testimony.