How do you bless someone you care deeply about? You give them the best of your substance, time and affirmation. When we want to bless someone, we give cheerfully and sometimes even extravagantly. We express our love and appreciation. So then, how do you bless God? Does He need us to bless Him? We bless God by how we love Him.
Bless The Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His Holy Name! 2 Bless The Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: 3 Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, 4 Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, 5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s (Psalm 103).
With our soul, heart, mind and spirit—all that is within us, we can bless The Lord Our God. Why not? After all He does for us! We can give Him the highest praise and glory. Above all else, He is Holy. There is no one Holy upon the face of the entire Earth. Because He is Holy, we can trust Him to do what is just and right at all times, for us. We can believe in Him, by being faithful to do as He tells us. He forgives us, even when we don’t deserve mercy; And He does so over and over again, when we repent. He heals our ailing bodies. He has forever delivered us from the powers of darkness, and has kept our souls from destruction. What a loving God and Father we have in Heaven! He crowns our years with goodness, lovingkindness, our loved ones, grace and every good thing to enjoy. We bless The Lord with all our being, because He blesses so abundantly. Bless The Lord with your offering of thanksgiving and praise. He will not disdain what we offer Him willingly and cheerfully.
47 “The Lord lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let God be exalted, The Rock of my Salvation! 48 It is God Who avenges me, and subdues the peoples under me; 49 He delivers me from my enemies. You also lift me up above those who rise against me; You have delivered me from the violent man. 50 Therefore I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the Gentiles, and sing praises to Your Name (2 Samuel 22).”
A rock is not easily shaken or moved. God is The Rock we depend on for our stability in the midst of adversity. He is the Strength needed to bear us up, when we are surrounded by shifting circumstances. Blessed is our Rock, Who is our Salvation and Deliverer in times of trouble. Our enemies will not trounce us, when we are being held up by God.
Exalt God above everything you think you know or don’t understand. Exalt Him above your fears, and troubles. He will even deliver from the vilest fiend. Give thanks for the victorious battles that God has fought for you. Praise His Name unabashedly, before others who may not know Him or His Power. Bless God openly, by professing His Power over your adversaries.
14 “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly as this? For all things come from You, and of Your Own we have given You. 15 For we are aliens and pilgrims before You, as were all our fathers. Our days on Earth are as a shadow, and without hope. 16 O Lord our God, all this abundance that we have prepared to build You a house for Your Holy Name is from Your Hand, and is all Your Own. 17 I know also, my God, that You test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of my heart I have willingly offered all these things; and now with joy I have seen Your people, who are present here to offer willingly to You (1 Chronicles 29).”
What have you offered God for His Name and Honor? Remember that you are offering what comes from Him; He owns everything: the air you breathe, natural resources and food; He created you and He gives you the ability to work and make a living. We are strangers on the Earth that belongs to God. We draw from the abundance of God’s Provision. When we give Him what He can use for His Purpose, we bless Him by offering it willingly. God is aware of our attitude toward giving, and our motives for doing so. Bless The Lord with what belongs to Him.
Give willingly to God and bless Him with an upright heart—cheerfully. He doesn’t need us to give to honor His Name or the work He does on the Earth. He gives us opportunities to give back, as a reminder that we have nothing apart from Him. Giving to God also enables us to be part of what He is doing around us. We also acknowledge our dependence on Him for everything we have, by expressing gratitude.
3 Know that The Lord, He is God. It is He Who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture. 4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His Name. 5 For The Lord is Good; His Mercy is everlasting, and His Truth endures to all generations (Psalm 100).
If we know that The Lord is God, and there is no other, we will not approach Him so casually. We would come before Him in awe, fear, and reverence. When we come before His Presence, we come in decorum befitting His Glory. He created us, and we belong to Him. We bless His Name with thanksgiving. We have to understand the full extent of Who God is. He is Holy, Good, full of Power, Merciful, Just, and He speaks Truth at all times. There’s no living being who compares to God. Praise Him for all He is. Enter His Presence with effusive adulation. He deserves the gratitude and praise that we would never give to anyone else. He is the God of all generations; to the advancing in age, and the young alike.
56 “Blessed be The Lord, who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He promised. There has not failed one word of all His good promise, which He promised through His servant Moses. 57 May The Lord our God be with us, as He was with our fathers. May He not leave us nor forsake us, 58 that He may incline our hearts to Himself, to walk in all His Ways, and to keep His Commandments and His statutes and His judgments, which He commanded our fathers (1 Kings 8).”
There is nothing The Lord promises or says that will not come to pass. He will always do as He says. We bless God for His promises that never fail. He will do what He revealed to previous generations. They may not live to see the promises fulfilled, but they will still come to fruition. We have an obligation to devote our lives to God, and He will do what He can only do. We should walk in all His Ways, by keeping His Commandments. We bless God with our commitment to obey Him. He is duty-bound to keep His Word; and we should be faithful children. His Word is time-tested and His Commandments are still for us today. He gives rest to those who depend on Him and trust in Him. May our God never forsake us as we cling to Him. We are bound to an unbroken fellowship, by faith and obedience.
6 “Therefore you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God, to walk in His Ways and to fear Him. 7 For The Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, that flow out of valleys and hills; 8 a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey; 9 a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing; a land whose stones are iron and out of whose hills you can dig copper. 10 When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless The Lord your God for the good land which He has given you. 11 Beware that you do not forget The Lord your God by not keeping His Commandments, His judgments, and His statutes which I command you today (Deuteronomy 8).”
Bless the Lord with all your being. He is not like our fellow mankind who are not dependable, reliable or truthful. God made us for His Glory; He manifests His Greatness in all aspects of our lives. We bless Him by our praise, our offerings which come from His Provision, our commitment to obey, and we do so willingly. He is our Savior, Deliverer, God our Creator, Provider and Healer. We have opportunities everyday to bless God with the best we can offer Him. He lavishes His Goodness on us, and forgives our sins, when we repent. He loves us so abundantly. We bless Him with thanksgiving and praise for Who He is. Bless the Lord, everyday, with your words and deeds.
2 Sing to The Lord, bless His Name. Proclaim the good news of His Salvation from day to day. 3 Declare His Glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. 4 For The Lord is Great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods. 5 For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but The Lord made the Heavens. 6 Honor and Majesty are before Him; Strength and Beauty are in His Sanctuary. 7 Give to The Lord, O families of the peoples, give to The Lord Glory and Strength. 8 Give to The Lord the Glory due His Name. Bring an offering, and come into His courts. 9 Oh, worship The Lord in the beauty of Holiness! Tremble before Him, all the Earth (Psalm 96).
Advertisements are splashed everywhere to grab our attention to buy services or products that we most likely don’t need. It’s hard to ignore good bargains or sales on holidays. As consumers we benefit from new products that facilitate our lives, because of efficiency or convenience; but everything to moderation. We have to wonder whether we really need half the things we spend our time and money on. If we have what we need just for today, we lack nothing. Be content with what you have on hand, each day.
19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6).”
What we spend most of our time and money on becomes our joy and confidence. It’s necessary to have shelter, food, clothing, health and other basic amenities. Treasures are the things we store up to secure our future. Christ warns us not to settle our hearts on just earthly treasures, which are here today and are not guaranteed in the future. If we learn to invest in eternity we will not build our hopes on the ephemera. Eternal treasures are rewards that God sets aside for us, because we have prioritized righteousness, love, compassion, obedience, faith and fellowship with Him. These are attributes that moths and thieves can not take from us. Be content in nurturing the character that pleases God. God will ensure that we have the sustenance needed to do His Will.
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your Heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble (Matthew 6).”
No one knows what tomorrow or the next hour will bring. Now is the hour we are living in and we must make the most of it. Our Heavenly Father knows of all our needs. Seek His Kingdom—His Dwelling where He furnishes and supplies from. Ask for what you need from God’s Glorious Riches and believe He is exceedingly capable to meet all your needs. Don’t be anxious about what God can supply. Seek His Righteousness—keep His Ways and do what pleases Him. Though we may lack some necessities we are not restrained to obey and do what is right. Even in dire straits, we can still honor Him. And all these things—all the basic necessities will be added to us. We are the initiators and God does the rest. Be content today with the little you have that can glorify God. Tomorrow is the distant future we can’t control. Today’s troubles don’t equate to tomorrow’s woes. No blessing is insignificant to use. Don’t deny yourself what you can use today, because you are worried about tomorrow.
7 How precious is Your Lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your Wings. 8 They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your House, and You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures. 9 For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light (Psalm 36).
God satisfies those who are nourished from His Presence. God is our full portion of joy and pleasure when in fellowship with Him. He lavishes His Lovingkindness on those who put their trust in Him. They are abundantly satisfied with His Provision. There’s rest and hope for those who relish in the Wisdom and Truth of God. They see life in a spiritual perspective, beyond their circumstances. They trust in God, Who, is their fountain of life. His Goodness is greater than all the world can offer. Be satisfied with Who He is and His Love for you. He has given us our loved ones to cherish, and enjoy our days with. Sometimes, we just need to delight in the simplicity of God’s blessings and tune out other diversions. In the midst of dark circumstances, there’s some hope. He gives us a fresh perspective on life; by His Light we see light.
33 For the Bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.” 35 And Jesus said to them, “I am the Bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst (John 6).”
Bread is nourishment that curbs hunger. It is a simple food that has existed from early generations. Bread will stave off hunger and delight the heart for a short time. The Bread of God, is the Bread that gives life, even eternal life. The Lord Jesus is the Bread of life. He gives life to those who come to Him. They will not find enduring peace, hope, and joy in anything else. Those that believe in The Lord Jesus will not crave the pleasures of worldly things. In Christ we are complete. By The Life of Christ in us, we have everything we need to get us through hard times, good times, and beyond this life. The Bread of God gives life to those who will receive Him. May we become one with The Lord Jesus and be satisfied with everything He is in us. If we come to Him, we will not hunger and thirst for short-lived pleasures.
15 As for me, I will see Your Face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your Likeness (Psalm 17).
Righteousness is the beauty that endears us to God. When we live in righteousness, we become more like Him. We can behold His Face when we see ourselves expressing His Character. Though these bodies are not perfect, we are perfected from within. Be satisfied with the beauty of His Likeness in you. Don’t fret about your outward appearance that is fading with age. These bodies were not meant to last. Adorn yourself with righteousness and see His Face shine upon you.
5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6 So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13)
How can we be content with what we have? By believing that God supplies our needs and will not forsake us. We must learn to be grateful for all that we have. When we are content we don’t desire what others have or compare what we have with others’. If we can believe God is our helper, we don’t have to fear if we lose some of our possessions. With contentment we affirm that God is with us at all times. Contentment causes us to see God’s Provision at every turn. When faced with uncertain times, we can boldly say, “The Lord is my helper, I will not fear!”
2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing (James 2).
Our faith is tested when we are facing circumstances we have little control of. We have to find a solid place to stand, when challenges become shifting sands. Trials can bring out the best or worst of us. It depends on whether we see the glass half full or half empty, as they say. Patience is waiting for change without losing our footing. It’s difficult to remain patient when we are anxious about what we can’t control. In order to be patient, we have to engage ourselves in other areas that need our attention. Let patience have its perfect work of resilience as you carry on with life. Patience will teach us to trust in God for what we can’t see. Count it all joy, when you have mastered the art of patience, because you have the presence of mind. When we are impatient, we become unproductive. Patience will equip us to do more than just worry. If in the midst of trials you can still be effective, then you are complete, lacking nothing.
8 Oh, taste and see that The Lord is Good. Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! 9 Oh, fear The Lord, you His saints! There is no want for those who fear Him. 10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger; but those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing (Psalm 34).
Those who fear The Lord will not lack what they need to please Him. Those who trust God are blessed, because they depend entirely on Him. The Lord is always Good to those who seek Him and His Goodness. He is Faithful to those who put all their hope in Him, at all times. They shall not lack any good thing, because He is The Source of everything that is good. Be satiated with God’s Goodness and marvel that you have no want for anything else.
We are complete and perfect from within, as Christ is The Life in us. We feast on Who He is and have no desire for anything else. He is our full portion, lavishing His precious Lovingkindness and Goodness on those who delight in Him. Be content and know that He will never leave you. Our best treasure is established in the heavenly-eternal rewards He has kept for us. We need not compare ourselves with others, we are blessed indeed. God will meet every need as we let patience make us perfect and complete.
6 Now godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 11 But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness (1 Timothy 6).