1 Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord,
who stand by night in the house of the Lord!
2 Lift up your hands to the holy place
and bless the Lord!
3 May the Lord bless you from Zion,
he who made heaven and earth!
What does it actually mean to “bless the Lord”? It is to make God the centre of our lives – it is to look to him at all times, to thank him for his goodness to us, to trust him in the difficulties, to discover more and more who he is and to praise him for it. Blessing the Lord means re-orientating our lives, so that they are not directed towards ourselves and what we want, but instead fully directed towards him. Blessing the Lord is not a one-time act that we can complete, but an ongoing process, a daily choice to focus on him in all that we do. This might sound like hard work, or something that involves sacrifice, but the reality is actually the opposite. When we look to God and seek to bless him and praise him, the consequence is actually that we are blessed – the Lord blesses us from Zion (v.3). Living our lives with God at the centre is actually in our best interests, because the one who made heaven and earth, promises to bless us.
Blessing or praising God continually means looking to him in every circumstance of our life, not just the ones we naturally want to praise him for. Today when you experience small frustrations (traffic jams, long queues, inconvenient experiences, small annoyances) think about what it would mean to bless the Lord in that circumstance.
Pray where you can be a blessing as you bless the Lord.
love and prayers Revd Sara