Bless the Lord, O My Soul!
“Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name!” (Psalm 103:1 NKJV)
In the Bible, we don’t usually see half-hearted praise and worship. The Psalmist exclaimed, “Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name!” And in both the Old and New Testaments, we are told to love the Lord with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our strength (Deuteronomy 6:5, Luke 10:27).
This is all the more fitting when we consider that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ didn’t give up just a part of his life. No, he laid down his life; he laid aside all the glory he had with the Father and stepped into our world to be a living sacrifice and pay the price for our sins. Jesus paid it all, in the words of the beloved hymn. How can we not give our all in return? No wonder the apostle Paul urged the believers, in view of God’s mercies, to present their bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your “reasonable” service (Romans 12:1).
The danger for those who have been raised in church or attend church regularly is that we fall into the habit of coming together and singing and praying, and we don’t always have all of our heart in it. And I’ve often thought: If Jesus were to physically walk out to the front of our church on a Sunday, what would it be like? The worship leader would fall back, the preacher would back away, and all eyes would be on the Lord. If he then just stood among us looking out at the congregation with the nail prints in his hands, can you imagine how we would sing? How we would worship? Would we put everything into it? Of course! But the truth is that he is with us, for Scripture tells us that where two or three are gathered in his name, he is there in their midst. And he is with us when we are worshiping him in private, for the Holy Spirit lives in every believer.
Let’s not be ashamed of going all out in worship of our Lord today. Let’s give him the fruit of our lips that give glory to his name; for his name is above every other name!
Prayer: We love you and we praise you, Lord Jesus. Thank you for taking our sin and our shame. If it weren’t for you, where would we be? Help us to bless you with all that is within us and to forget none of your benefits. We honor you and we exalt you today! We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Read Psalm 103.