How To Bless The Lord
A rather important thing to know and do, don*t you think?
Psalms 103:1: 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:
Some Strong*s Hebrew Dictionary definitions of the word bless: to kneel; by implication to bless God as an act of adoration, congratulate, kneel down, praise, salute and thank. Those are not all of the definitions. I had always thought that bless meant simply to make someone happy or to benefit them. Evangelist Wil Rice pointed out that when the word applies to God it means more than when it applies to us. God is worth bowing down to, adoring, congratulating, praising, saluting and thanking. In ourselves, we are totally unworthy of any of those things. If we are to become worthy, even in any small way, it is only because He has made us so. God needs nothing. He does not need our blessing. But He is worthy of it. Blessing Him is worshipping Him. We do both when we consider Him worthy and act on it. We have a need to bless Him that cannot be fulfilled in any other way. He built that need into us when He created us. Individuals who do not bless and worship God deprive themselves of their own greatest needs and blessings.
We can bless Him and worship Him by trusting Him, obeying Him, submitting ourselves to Him, humbling ourselves before Him, paying attention to Him, repenting of our sin, serving Him, pleasing Him, studying His Word and in many other ways. Possibly the most important thing is that we want to bless Him!!
1 John 4:19: We love him, because he first loved us.
We can bless Him because He first blessed us but we cannot worship Him because He first worshipped us. That was the desire of Satan and it is the desire of those who do not humble themselves before Him.
Luke 12:32: Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father*s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
We first bless Him by receiving Jesus and then He helps us to bless Him in multitudes of ways.