Do We Bless God?

PEBAB053”God bless you.” It’s such a commonly used phrase within the community of Christ-followers. Every day and many times in that day we express that wish to one another. And in our daily prayers we ask God to bless us. Have you ever gotten up in the morning and prayed, “Lord, please bless me today?” Me, too.

It is the most natural thing for us to ask the Almighty, All-knowing, All-merciful, Gracious, and Loving God of the universe to “bless” us. But, I’ve come across a whole series of verses that have made me stop and think.

Here are just two examples:

Psalm 34:1
I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

Psalm 103:1
Bless the Lord, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name.

How can we as finite and flawed followers “bless” the eternally great God? What could I possibly have to offer to “bless” God’s heart? In fact, just the idea of God, sitting on the Throne of Heaven and having a pleased smile come onto His face specifically because of something I have done, gives me goose bumps.

When we think of the two words, “God” and “bless,” we immediately think of what is done for us or to us. We wake up in the morning and the first thoughts of the day can easily be, “Lord, would You please bless me today? – I need it.”

But, I’ve been thinking how different the day would go and how different my perspective might be if I woke up and the first prayer on my lips was, “Lord, how can I bless You today?”

Psalm 103:2
Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits

Psalm 103:21
Bless the Lord, all you His hosts, You who serve Him, doing His will.

Psalm 104:1
Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, You are very great; You are clothed with splendor and majesty,

Psalm 115:18
But as for us, we will bless the Lord From this time forth and forever. Praise the Lord!

Psalm 134:2
Lift up your hands to the sanctuary And bless the Lord.

Back to the question, “What could we possibly have to offer The Lord God Almighty that would please Him and make Him sit back and smile with a blessed heart?”

The Dictionary of Biblical Languages with Semantic Domains : Hebrew (Old Testament) by J. Swanson tells us the Hebrew word for “bless” is בָּרַךְ (bā·rǎḵ) a verb that means “to kneel down, i.e., to be or go to a stance in which one is on the knees as contrasted with standing on the feet,…note: in context this position can be a position of worship or humility…”

That definition helps. God is pleased. He is blessed when I willingly surrender my own will to His. When I submit my own desires to what He wants for me. That blesses God.

My morning prayer of, “How can I bless You, Lord?” is already answering itself. If we go into each day with the over-riding commitment to humbly be available to Him?, He will be blessed. And I think we will also be blessed. I’m reminded of 1 Peter 5:6 that says,

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time

Being exalted at the proper time sure sounds like a blessing to me and it all starts with the humbling of our spirits under God’s controlling hand…that’s blessing Him. And when God is pleased that pleasure is reflected back on us and we are blessed.

Back in The Dictionary of Biblical Languages with Semantic Domains : Hebrew (Old Testament) we’re told that the Hebrew word בָּרַךְ (bā·rǎḵ) when applied to us means to, “…commend, i.e., speak words invoking divine favor, with the intent that the object will have favorable circumstances or state at a future time…”

Of course, “divine favor” and “favorable circumstances” sounds like something to be desired for all of us. But think of it. You and I can actually make God feel good. We can please Him, the One who has done so much for you and me, in the provision of His Son to die for our sins! We can bless Him!

We can bless Him today! So, do we?

Think about it…

5 Comments

  • Sabrina Daniel says:

    First, I adore the picture of the little girl on her knees. My sister & I prayed on our knees as little children. There is something very humbling about that. Some traditions have benches to kneel on at your seat, some have benches down front, & some do not kneel at all. I think that when you kneel, you are in the right position before God.

    Second, I will admit that my prayer life is sorely lacking in “Adoration.” I have thought about this & I believe that it is that I know God does not need it. However, as you showed, we are told “To bless the Lord”. Maybe it is for us to acknowledge how great He is rather than something He needs. I definitely need to work on this aspect of my prayer life. Sometimes, we are so overwhelmed with life that it is hard to remember “to adore/bless the Lord.”

  • I love your comment this morning Len. It took me many years before I could honestly and truly submit myself to God. I really struggled with the concept of “giving ALL of myself to God”. I was really scared about this. ALL OF MYSELF!
    And then about 15 years ago, after studying one of Dr Arnold’s manuscripts he said something like when God saves us in response to our believing in the Gospel 1 Cor:15:1-4 for Lordship salvation is not biblical. Surrendering to the Lordship of the Messiah in the light of our salvation Paul implores us to make the Messiah the Lord over our lives by the dedication of our bodies. It is not a condition of salvation but a condition of discipleship Romans 12:1-2 is a good argument to those who have already been saved. In Dr Arnold’s Manuscript MBS111 pages 10 & 11 he describes this very well. Romans 12:1-2 wherein the believer dedicates his body for His permanent use challenged me to do just that and one day I prayed God would give me the strength to simply let go and let God and honestly and reverently do just that. Following that dedication I knew God was blessed and pleased and I am sure all the angels of heaven shared together and celebrated as I ceased in my struggles to hold onto some of myself. I was blessed and I know God was also.

  • http://www.arielc.org/mbs/mbs111-mp3.html
    This goes with the comment above. I had to go back into Google to get the URL. I thought you just might find the Manuscript interesting and it can be downloaded for free on this URL. Thank you for your very special and valued blogs.

  • Sue says:

    I’ve discussed the idea with my SS class that we obey God to please Him, not because we have to. Submitting ourselves to God’s will is not a way of earning our way to heaven, but a way to express the love we feel toward our God Who sacrificed His only Son so that we might be allowed to fellowship with God for eternity. If you have no interest in pleasing God, you may want to think hard about your salvation experience. You don’t continually ignore someone you love. My young ladies were a bit taken aback, but the fruit of the Spirit shows our devotion to our Savior and LORD! Amen and amen! Always good to see we are of like mind, Len. Keep up the good work! – Sister Sue

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