“Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!” (Psalm 103:1, ESV)
What does it mean to “bless the Lord”?
Praising God is obviously not about gifting him with our presence, but instead acknowledging him as the source of all blessing. And in Psalm 103, right praise involves right posture.
It’s no coincidence that the Hebrew verb “barak” means both to bless, and, to kneel.
When is that last time you were able to kneel before God in prayer-filled worship? It’s amazing how such a simple adjustment in your physical posture can invoke such a dramatic shift in your heart attitude.
After David enumerates the blessings God has given him, he is moved to celebrate God’s magnificent love for all “who fear him” (vv. 11, 13, 17). Not only should our posture be marked by sincere humility, but also by healthy fear. Our fear does not need to be marked by anxiety; God is not threatening our security, although his awesome power should make a distinct impression on us. Instead, the fear that should motivate us towards obedience is born out of a sense of relationship
“As a father shows compassion to his children,so the Lordshows compassion to those who fear him” (v. 13). When we recognize overwhelming love of our creator, it should move us to meticulously please him, our good father.
Do you know the father you can confidently fear?
Do you know his promises for all mankind?
Do you know the history of his faithfulness to his people?
Do you know the work of God in your life?
David knew the God who is worthy of worship long before the plans and promises of God were realized in Jesus Christ! We have the freedom in Christ to bless the Lord.
We have the freedom to humbly kneel in healthy fear of our good father.