Sunday, June 18, 2017
Bless the LORD,
O my soul,and forget not all his benefits,
As a father shows compassion to his children,
so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.
A friend recently received the great news that a spot on her thyroid was benign. At the end of her Facebook post, she added the hashtag #PraiseGod. One of the neat things about hashtags is that you can search all the references with the same tag. I loved the idea of grouping my activities under "Praise God" tag.
I have been studying "blessings" in the Bible. I noticed that the Hebrew word that means “bless” was often translated "praise" in the NIV while the same word is translated "bless" in the KJV and ESV .
Here’s an example from Psalm 103. This is a beautiful Psalm that starts in verses 1&2 with praising and blessing God, the next 18 verses remind us why we should praise and bless him. The chapter wraps up in verses 20-22 with the reminder that all of the creation should praise and bless him.
Here are some verses to illustrate this.
Psalm 103:1-5 (ESV)
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 iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagles.
Here is the NIV version. Psa 103:1-5
Of David. Praise the LORD, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the LORD, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
I love the idea that when we praise God- we are blessing God. Everything we have is a gift from God, so to bless Him back all we have to do is acknowledge the gifts and blessings that He has given us.
This Psalm is a beautiful reminder us of the many blessings we have; God's love for us reaches to the heavens (vs 11), God has removed our transgressions as far as the east is from the west (vs 12), and the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him as a father shows compassion to his children. (vs 13.)
Psalm 103:20-22 wraps up with this reminder-
"Bless the LORD, O you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his word,
obeying the voice of his word.
Bless the LORD, all his hosts,
his ministers, who do his will!
Bless the LORD, all his works,
in all places of his dominion.
Bless the LORD, O my soul!"
Take a minute to bless the Lord and praise Him for the great things he has done. He is worthy of your praise. #PraiseGod