“Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!”
To bless the Lord with all that you are - with your mind, your heart, everything - is to look at God and meditate on His attributes: His holiness, His sovereignty, His justice, His mercy, His love, His perfection in all that He is, and to view yourself in light of His glory, and to realize the significance and magnitude of the privilege that it is to call Him “Father!”
Far too many people “bless the Lord” with their lips but their hearts are hard towards God. One cannot genuinely bless the Lord with all their heart and “all that is within” if the focus is inward. When we measure the goodness of God by our own standard and according to our own desires and our will, we place an idol between us and God - the idol of the self.
It is only when we view God properly, in light of His divine attributes, that we can “give thanks in every circumstance” (1 Thess 5:18), even “count[ing] it all joy… when you meet trials of various kinds” (James 1:2).
Maybe you’ve been stuck in a season where God is in the picture of your life, but you’re constantly looking at your circumstance and weighing how easy or hard your life is, how much or how little money you have, how healthy or ill you’ve become, so you struggle to make sense of it all. I invite you to take a step back and away from your circumstance, your finances, your trouble, yourself, and gaze upon the Lord. See Him for who and what He is. The Psalmist writes that, “I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.” (Ps.16:8)
Let us make it our aim to be always turned to Him and away from ourselves, and let us, with all that we are and all that is within us, bless the Lord.
Executive Pastor, Bridge Church