The psalmist said, “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth” (Psalm 34:1).
“I will bless the Lord.” Usually we think in terms of the Lord blessing us—and God knows how much we need it. But the inference here speaks of us blessing God. Isn’t it amazing that while we still live in a sin cursed body, it is possible through the cleansing power of the blood and the enabling power of the Spirit to actually bless the Lord? Have you blessed the Lord recently?
The psalmist continues, saying, “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” That means the good times as well as the bad times; the delightful times as well as the difficult times. Perhaps we may remember to bless the Lord in the good times. Yet it is amazing how often we forget. But what about the bad times? That takes faith. Faith that God is still in control though others may have made some regretful choices that affect you. It is a matter of trusting the master chess player to work things together for good.
As a preacher’s kid I remember times when as a family we would be discussing some problem. Sometimes we would get all worked up. Then my dad would look up toward heaven as his countenance brightened and say, “Well, bless the Lord!” This genuine refocus on God put matters back into proper perspective, and things didn’t seem so bad anymore.
In this Thanksgiving season, and throughout the year, may we genuinely join in with the psalmist, “I will bless the Lord!”
John Van Gelderen