“Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.”
By nature, humans are selfish beings. We often want to receive the glory for everything that happens if it is good, and we love to deflect the blame to others when it is bad. However, it seems that we forget the One Who is worthy of all praise, honor and glory for the good we have received in life. If we are honest with ourselves, we will realize that everything we have in life has not come because of our own power, it has come because God has been good to us.
In Psalms 104-106, you will find that the psalmist makes a case for God being a worthy God. He begins each psalm with an action that every Christian should do daily. I believe if the Christian made these three acts be a part of their daily life, they would find it easy to serve God. Let me show you what these acts are, and how to apply them to your daily life.
The first act is to bless the LORD. The verse above says, “Bless the LORD, O my soul.” When the psalmist talks about blessing the LORD, he is reminding us to magnify the LORD. In other words, stop trying to minimize what the LORD has done in your life, and magnify it so that all can see. When you read Psalm 104, you find that the psalmist found it easy to bless the LORD by looking at creation and realizing the power of his God. In the early mornings, I take a walk to pray to the LORD. It is not uncommon for the sun to be rising when I’m taking this walk. When I look at the beauty of the sunrise, I am reminded of God’s wonderful power and His kindness to me to paint a beautiful sunrise; this helps me to bless the LORD. Christian, if you look at all that the LORD has done throughout your life and through creation, you would find it easy to bless Him. The more that you bless and magnify the LORD, the easier it will be to remember His power to help you in your time of need.
The second act is to thank the LORD. Psalm 105:1 says, “O give thanks unto the LORD…” Let me ask you, when is the last time you stopped and thanked the LORD for all that He has done? If you are regular in blessing the LORD, you will find it easy to thank Him. A day should never pass without taking time to thank the LORD for His goodness to you. Some people wait until the morning to thank the LORD for what He did for them on the previous day, and I don’t think that is bad, but I think it is best to thank the LORD at the moment He does something for you. You will find yourself forgetting what the LORD has done for you if you don’t thank Him immediately; moreover, thanking him immediately and the next morning won’t be too much when you consider all the LORD does for you.
The third act is to praise the LORD. Psalm 106:1 says, “Praise ye the LORD.” This verse is talking about being public in your praise of the LORD. Certainly, we should praise Him privately, but He deserves to be praised publicly. You will find that praise will easily come from your mouth when you are blessing and thanking the LORD. May I ask you, when is the last time you gave God the praise when something good happens in public? When something good happens in public, don’t be afraid to audibly say, “Praise the LORD.”
These three acts are cousins to each other in that if you are regular with one, you will probably do all of them. Let me encourage you to let these three acts be a regular part of your daily life because the LORD is certainly worthy of them.