Bless the Lord!

Psalms 103:1 NKJV 

Bless the Lord , O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!

Just a few thoughts this morning. If love can be a daily decision (and I believe it is), so too worship must become intentional. There are times when our hearts grow cold in both our love for one another and our worship of God. When we are caught up in an emotional or spiritual funk, it seems like the motivation to do anything, much less worship, isn’t working or worth it.

In my devotions this morning I was reminded of the power in worshiping the Lord. I was reminded of the need to grab the reins of my heart in order to do it.

1The author of Psalm 103 is David. He is one of my favorite historical figures of the Old Testament. He didn’t hold back when praying to God, or praising God, or speaking his mind. I tend to think that he had a difficult time hiding what he was feeling. He was an artist. He was a warrior. He was a shepherd in touch with the vast beauty of nature. He was passionate. He was a born leader. He struggled with sin. Serious sin. Lust. Adultery. Murder. Pride. Doubt. Self loathing. Yes he was a mess.

However, through all of this darkness, (and for a believer that has fallen into sin, darkness is an apt word), or discouragement, or disappointment in self, or even in his poor perception of God, David took the reins of his heart and commanded it to bless the Lord. He reminded himself of the wonder and truth of God’s mercy and grace; even though at times his soul, his heart was waging war against his devotion to God, David commanded himself to bless the Lord.

There is only one thing that keeps us from blessing the Lord, from praising His holy name. Us. Discouragement. Dissatisfaction. Disappointment. Even depression have no power over our ability to bless the Lord. Our circumstances shouldn’t hold our tongue. Paul and Silas proved that when they sang in the dungeon at midnight.

Shout-p1Praising God even when you don’t feel like it, isn’t disingenuous, it’s obedient. It helps to put ME in my proper place. To wait until you feel like it is to be led by a fickle and inconsistent friend, one that has deceived a multitude, the friend named ‘feelings’.

Worship now. Bless the Lord now. Serve Him now. Your emotions will catch up, or not, but your praise will be heard, and perhaps, just maybe such a song in the night will bless the Lord to an even greater degree.

Psalms 103:1 NKJV

Bless the Lord , O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!