Bless the Lord, O my Soul (Part 1)

“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 iniquities, who heals all your

diseases” (Psalm 103:1-3).

Psalm 103 is a magnificent portion of scripture. The psalmist is talking to his own soul and instructing it to “bless the Lord” and to “forget not all His benefits.” He calls himself to a high priority (bless the Lord), to an incredible passion (all that is within me) and to a disciplined way of thinking (forget not all His benefits). In this blog we will focus on the high priority and incredible passion, in the following post we will look at  the disciplined way of thinking.

The Psalmist understands the tendency to drift away in priority, passion and thoughts, so he deals with this backsliding by talking to himself. He may have appeared crazy to others in doing so, but certainly not to God.

We know that we can bless God through actions and attitudes, but James 3:9 says we bless God through our words. Our soul needs continual encouragement to vocally bless God. We can do this by focusing on Jesus and speaking to Him of His goodness and greatness. As we do, something wonderful happens. This is why worshiping in song is such an important part of our church meetings. (As we bless God in church, it will help us do so outside of the church walls as well.)

"And all that is within me, bless His Holy name". There must be a demand placed on us to have passion in our relationship with God. It is necessary to overcome any tendency to be lukewarm in our blessing of God. Yes, there will be differences in our expressions of this, but “all that is within me” signifies that every part of our being will regularly glory in Jesus our Lord. One great way of doing this is through intentionally speaking it out!