Of David. 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 forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, 5 who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 6 The Lord works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. 7 He made known his ways to Moses, his acts to the people of Israel. 8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. 9 He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. 10 He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. 11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; 12 as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. 13 As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. 14 For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust. 15 As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; 16 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. 17 But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, 18 to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments. 19 The Lord has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all. 20 Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word! 21 Bless the Lord, all his hosts, his ministers, who do his will! 22 Bless the Lord, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the Lord, O my soul!
When I help the youth, one of the biggest challenges is how to encourage them to participate in meetings and praise God. Everyone has to make a decision. Do you want to relax and wait for the meeting to be over, or do you decide to worship and praise God? There is an English song praising God “10,000 Reasons”. Do you have a reason to praise God today? If you have reasons to praise God, are you determined to praise God? The psalmist has said many times, “Bless the LORD! Oh my soul!”
In fact, each of us encounters different situations, difficulties, and emotions. Should we stay in our difficulties, pity ourselves, wander in our minds, relax and get bored, or tell ourselves to rise up and praise God? YES! “Bless the LORD! Oh, my soul!”
How to praise God? We think of God’s love, justice, grace, and relationship to our lives.
The psalmist sees God and his experience: He forgives you, heals you, redeems you, crowns you, and satisfies you!
The psalmist also sees the character of God himself: righteousness, justice, love, mercy!
And God’s relationship with us. He forgives us, He has mercy on us, He knows, He remembers us, and His steadfast love and righteousness are for us.
When we think about God’s character, his relationship with us, and our life experiences with him, we have 10,000 Reasons to praise God! But have we made up our minds to praise God? When you make up your mind to praise God, thinking about a small reason is enough for us to praise God! When you determine to pray at every meeting, you will feel the touch of the Holy Spirit! When you are determined to praise God every day, you will live the most normal Christian life! Praising God is a choice in our life!
In the end, it is not only us who praise God, we also lead all creatures to praise the LORD together! It all started with our little decision, “Bless the LORD! Oh my soul!”