I will lift you up high, my God, the true king.
I will bless your name forever and always.
I will bless you every day.
I will praise your name forever and always.
The LORD is great and so worthy of praise! God’s greatness can’t be grasped.
One generation will praise your works to the next one, proclaiming your mighty acts.
They will talk all about the glorious splendor of your majesty;
I will contemplate your wondrous works.
Good Day Family,
What does it mean to bless God? In this Psalm of David, the Psalmist declares that he will bless God. We tend to think of blessing between God and us as one-directional. But, that isn’t how it’s supposed to be. God blesses us, but we also have the ability to bless God. What a thought! That we can be mutual in our relationship with God. That we aren’t always on the receiving end but can give to God. That’s what relationships are about. It’s no fun to be in a relationship when you’re giving, giving, giving, and the other party is only taking, taking, taking. A healthy relationship is one that is mutual, even if it can never be equal.
There’s an old expression, “you can’t beat God’s giving.” It reflects the reality that we can never bless God to the extent that God blesses us. At the same time, that isn’t God’s expectation for us. God knows that God is God and we are not. Yet, we are people of God, crafted in the divine image of God. We can bless God, and God expects us to do so. So then, how do we do it? Well, the Psalmist gives us a clue and an example. We bless God by praising God’s name. We bless God by proclaiming God is mighty to the next generation. We praise God by talking about how good our God is.
God has surely been good to us. God has kept us in the midst of the storms of life and particularly this year. God gives us a community and provides for our needs. God loves us and forgives us unconditionally. God is great and greatly to be praised!