1 “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
6 The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.
7 He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.
8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
9 He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.
10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.
14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.
17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;
18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
19 The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.
20 Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.
21 Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.
22 Bless the Lord, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the Lord, O my soul.”
A beautiful psalm and a good prayer worthy to pray unto the Lord.
I am writing on a very important matter that’s come to me, and that is giving glory and praise to God. For all He does for us, and for all He has to put up with us, He will always love us and Never forsake us. We often neglect Him and He goes unthanked by us with no appreciation for what He’s done for us. I started this article with Psalms 103 as a good way to praise Him and understand all He does for us even if we don’t know He’s doing them.
We pray to God a lot, but most of us are only asking for help. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with asking for help from God, in fact He asks us to do just that, and for us to rely on Him in all things. We all know we need to intercede on behalf of others, and there are times to pray for the sick, for the unbelievers, for family matters or finances. We pray for God to lead us or guide us, and for our salvation.
What I’m talking about is our giving God the gratitude and praise and worship He so justly deserves for no other reason then to worship Him, and love Him.
There are three things we can do to please God and show our love for Hm, (beside not sinning), is to give God praise, glory, and to pray of our love to Him and for Him.
Let’s go over our praise to God. Praise to God is what we offer in acknowledgement of God’s excellent being. You might think that praise is the same as saying “thank you,” but there is a difference. Thanksgiving describes our attitude toward what God has done, while praise is offered for who God is. In Psalm 18:3 it tells us “I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.”
You can see it is a good practice for us to praise God of our free will, but you can find in the Bible it tells us that all believers are commanded to praise God! The prophet Isaiah tells us in Isaiah 43:21 “This people have I formed for myself; they shall show forth my praise.” In Hebrews 13:15 “By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name.” That verse in Hebrews confirms His command for us to praise God.
If we’re to Praise God as believers, where does this praise come from? Praise originates in a heart full of love toward God. In Deuteronomy 6:5 “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” If you are a born again Christian, you know that you love God because He first loved you! Without God’s love, any praise you can offer is hollow. Love, born from a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, is an essential part of your praise.
How to praise God. How can you bring praise to God? What can you do to make it an integral part of your life? Praise can be expressed in song, in verse, or in prayer and it is to be done continuously! Psalm 34:1 instructs “I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
Praise to God is expressed outwardly through our everyday actions, as well as inwardly in our thoughts. Praise is an act of Christian worship.How do I start praising God you might ask? If praising God is new to you, try praising God for who He is to you, personally. Proclaim that God’s goodness is without measure; it is abundant and overflowing! Here are some ways to get started:
Praise God for His holiness, mercy, and love.
Giving glory and praise to our God is a wonderful thing! In fact, Christians present praise as our greatest weapon of spiritual warfare! God and our enemy cannot be exalted or glorified in the same place at the same time, so if we are praising God, evil must flee! So, next time you want to give glory and praise to God while you pray, consider the following ideas:
Tell God how great He is. Consider that He is, All Powerful, All Knowing, Ever Present, Long-Suffering, Loving, Sovereign, Righteous, Glorious, Eternal, Unchanging, Holy, True, Faithful, Good, Kind.
Explain why you love Him.
Share gratefulness for what God has done for you.
Sing songs of praise to God (like King David did).
When you give glory and praise and pray to God, you lift Him up! You can’t help but have a humble heart. It’s amazing what a little praise will do for your countenance, your heart, and the heart of God! So, go ahead and tell God how you feel! He longs to hear it.
Let me end this with a prayer to God from 2 Samuel 22:2-4
“The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;
The God of my rock; in Him will I trust: He is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my savior; thou savest me from violence.
I will call on the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.” Amen
All glory to God
His humble servant Lee M Buchanan