“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 forgiveth all thine iniquities, who healeth all thy diseases;
Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
Who satiisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment (justice) for those who are oppressed.
He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.
The Lord is merciful, and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
He will not always chide (strive): neither will he keep his anger for ever.
He hath not dealt with us after our sins; neither rewarded us according to our iniquities.
For as heaven is high above earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
Like a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.
For he knoweth our frame (human condition);he remebereth that we are dust.
As for man, his days are as grass: as the flower of the field, so se flourisheth.
For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know (remember) it no more.
But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness upon children’s children.
To such as keep his covenant, and those that remember his commandments to do them.” Psalm 103:1-19
We often think of blessing as asking the Lord to bless us, or bless those we care for, or have a need, and he does truly bless us and those we seek him on behalf of.
But what about when we bless him? When we give praise and honor to him and his Holy Name.
When we worship in his presence in that secret place of our prayer closet bringing all of our gratitude, not only for what he has done but for who he is.
When we begin to bless him, we then are blessed in him and in his presence, his mercy and grace, forgiveness, and healing, even renewing us, repairing the damages caused by the years of toil and strife of years of life lived without him.
He will repair all that has been broken, he will restore the years the cankerworm has eaten away, he will give the oil of joy for mourning, and he will renew not only your strength as the eagle’s but renew your youth.
“He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary; they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:29-31
As you bless him you will be the one who is truly blessed!
Φλογιζω NBJ 2022/ Rev. N. Brown Johnson