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Bible Q & A

Q. Many passages in the Psalms tell us we should “bless God.” How can a person bless God?
 
A. God rules the universe supreme! He owns everything that exists. Yet each of us can bless God and bring Him pleasure, delight and joy. How?

If we examine the context of the passages that instruct us to bless God, we find exactly what this term means. Notice Psalm 34:1; “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” To bless God, therefore, means to praise Him.

But why do we praise God? Just because He tells us to? No. The true, wholehearted praise God desires is the praise of sincere thankfulness and appreciation for all the blessings he first gives us: “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits” (Ps. 103:1-2).

The awesomeness of God is worthy of continual praise: “I will extol You, my God, O King; and I will bless Your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless You, and I will praise Your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable” (Ps. 145:1-3).

Psalm 96 shows us that God is also blessed in song and worship, and by declaring His salvation to the entire world. Psalm 100:4 shows that we bless God by coming before Him in worship, praise and thanksgiving.

The attitude of reverence, fear and respect for God and the laws He has given carries over into our daily lives as we obey Him and become living sacrifices for Him (Rom. 12:1). God wants us to be living witnesses to others around us of the true way of abundant Christians living (Matt. 5:16). In this way we set an example and bear fruit, which glorifies God (John 15:8).

Christ said there is great joy in heaven over every sinner who, being called by God and seeing the good example of true Christians, repents and begins on the way to salvation and membership in God’s own Family (Luke 15:10).

God created humankind to ultimately become His children (Rev. 21:7).The greatest blessing we can give God is to fulfill our purpose in life yield to God, overcome and qualify for salvation, become a child of God!
 
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