Here is another Psalm for the day the 13th day of the month, it highlights Six Bless the LORD entries that all children of God should familiarize themselves with, for blessing the LORD is our duty and privilege as we make this journey called life here on earth. We should standout as loving children of God, willing to ‘Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me bless His holy name.’
Here are the first two ‘Bless the LORD’ declarations made by David. He calls upon his soul to bless the holy name of God. Then, His name was Jehovah, now we also know it as Jesus, similar in meaning but still the same God for out God is one, and there is none else. But, the holy name of Jesus is a name which is above every name, therefore we should bless the LORD through acknowledging this holy, pure and undefiled name of Jesus our Lord and Savior.
Secondly, David continues by sayng: ‘Bless the LORD, O my soul and forget not all His benefits’. Then he lists five major benefits that God supplies to His children: ‘Who forgiveth all thine iniquities’ is the first and the most important for without forgiveness of sin we could not approach the LORD, we would still be condemned sinners and on our way to a godless hell, without the forgiveness which is through the precious Blood of Jesus (Ephesians 1:7)
Secondly,the benefit of physical healing: ‘Who healeth all thy diseases’. Not only does God supply the spiritual healing of forgiving our sin, but He also supplies miraculous physical healing though the atoning Blood of Jesus.
‘Who redeemeth thy life from destruction’ in next in order and this speaks of the eternal fiery pit of hell. He literally has bought us back out of Satan’s slave market of sin, so that we would not suffer eternal torment in hell which was designed for the Devil and his angels.
Next, the LORD ‘crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies’illustrating the act of beautifying the soul with marvelous acts of the undeserved mercies of God. This just like Jesus the Lord of lords and King of kings, to crown His own children with the manifold blessings of God.
And the last benefit here shows the outworking of physical sustenance for we are promised ‘My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in Christ Jesus’ (Philippians 4:13) David puts it this way: ‘Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.’
The last four of the ‘Bless the LORD’ admonitions occur at the end of the Psalm where David addresses the heavenly beings that minister in the presence of the LORD: ‘Bless the LORD, ye His angels, that excel in strength, that do His commandments, hearkening unto the voice of His Word. Bless the LORD, all ye His hosts; ye ministersof His that do His pleasure. Bless the LORD, all His works in all places of His dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.’ (v.20-22)
This call to the heavenly hosts to bless the LORD demonstrates the importance of blessing the person of the LORD, and therefore should move us to be involved in doing the same with our lives, with our service, with our offeringsof spiritual sacrifices to the God of heaven, in thanksgiving for His so great salvation which He has freely bestowed upon us through the Lord Jesus Christ!
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