God began creation by blessing first the fish and birds to multiple and fill the skies and seas (Gen 1:22). Then He blessed man (Gen 1:28). At the end of creation, God blessed the seventh day Sabbath (Gen 2:3). In coming blogs we will look at prayers of blessing in several arenas – how we bless the Lord (Psalm 103:1,2), how we bless our children (Gen 48:20), how to bless our homes (1 Chr 16:43 ) and how to enter Sabbath blessing (Gen 2:3).
What does it mean to bless the Lord? We start by recognizing He is the source of all blessing and as we receive all He has given, our part is to return it in blessing back to Him. The first mention of “bless the Lord” is found in Deuteronomy 8:10 “When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land which He has given you.”
It is interesting that the Hebrew word for “bless” is comprised of three letters whose meaning denotes a house, a door or hinge and an outstretched hand. So we can understand the word bless to be about first opening our heart, our home to receiving fully from the Lord with outstretched hands, just as He has fully opened his heart and home and stretched out His hands to us. We return blessing because He first blessed us.
Is your heart fully open to Him? Your hands outstretched to receive? Pray with the David: “Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Psalm 103:1-5
Open your heart. Stretch out your hands. Remember all that He has done for you. Bless the Lord!