Published November 30, 2010

Paul's Epistle...
"Bless God"

If you ever run into Rich Bruce from WTRM Radio, Winchester, VA, and ask how he's doing, he'll probably respond, "Greatly blessed and highly favored." I like that.

We've just come through a season – the Thanksgiving season – when we're reminded to recall just how blessed we really are. And anyone taking an honest accounting of his or her blessings will have to conclude that we are – all of us – truly blessed.

And where do those blessings come from? From God, of course. He is, after all, the One who has the power to bestow blessings. He alone is omnipotent. He can bless us in ways we could otherwise only imagine. He can do things that no one else – including, of course, ourselves – could do for us. He is, after all, well.... God!

We get so used to thinking about God blessing us, though, that we forget that Scripture repeatedly reminds us to "bless God." The Psalms are especially rich in this. For example, Psalm 103:1 says, "Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name."

Bless God? How do we do that? How could we mortals – created, in fact, by God – bless Him? What could we possibly do for Him that would be a blessing to Him? Isn't it a bit presumptuous to think that we could do something that would be a blessing to God? After all, we can't do anything without Him enabling us to do it.

One way we can bless God is to do exactly what we were just talking about – to thank Him for blessing us. Psalm 145:10 says, "All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your saints shall bless You!" When we thank God, it is a blessing to Him. It is an acknowledgment that He is the source of our blessings, which, of course, He is.

We can bless God by obeying Him. 1 Samuel 15:22 tells us that, in God's eyes, "to obey is better than sacrifice..." And Proverbs 21:3 reminds us that "to do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice." Obeying God is a blessing to Him.

We can bless God by sharing the Good News of the salvation He affords through Christ. When Christ commanded His followers to "Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15) He was telling His followers – all Christians – what He wanted us to do so "that the world through Him might be saved" (John 3:17). Psalm 96:2-3 says, "Sing to the Lord, bless His name, tell of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all the peoples." When we share the Gospel with others, we are a blessing to God.

We can bless God by doing what He asks of us. In Micah 6:8 the prophet says, "what does the Lord require of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?" To walk humbly with God is to accept His authority in our lives. It is to believe what He tells us through His Word. It is to trust Him to do what He has said He would do. Doing so blesses God.

We can bless God by loving Him. Jesus summarized this in Matthew 22:37: "You shall love the Lord your God will all of your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment..."

We can bless God by loving others. That's found in the verse that follows the one just quoted: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." (Matt. 22:39-40). When you show your love for others, you bless God.

You can bless God by....

An old 19th century hymn by Mary D. James comes to mind that says it all – "All For Jesus." Here are a few of the lyrics...

All for Jesus! All for Jesus!
All my days and all my hours.

Let my hands perform His bidding,
Let my feet run in His ways;
Let my eyes see Jesus only,
Let my lips speak forth His praise.

If God can bless us by giving us what we ask Him for – the things we want – then we can bless God by giving Him what He wants. And what He wants is the totality of who we are. And, since He created us in the first place, this is no more than our "reasonable service" (Romans 12:1).

Make it a point to live daily in a way that will be a blessing to God.

- Paul

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