Whilst reading the Psalms the phrase “Bless the Lord” caused me to wonder how I could bless the Lord. The Psalms I noticed were
v1 “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name!”
v2 “Bless the LORD, O my soul and forget not all his benefits,”
v20 22 all start “Bless the LORD,” O you his angels, then hosts and then all his works
V1 “Bless the LORD, O my soul! O LORD, my God, how great you are! Clothed in majesty and splendour,”
V1 “Come, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD, who stand by night in the house of the LORD!”
I also noticed other Psalms said give thanks or praise, so there must be a reason for the phrase “Bless the LORD”.
My question is if all good things and blessings come from Him, and all that is right and good in us, is from Him, how can we bless Him?
It is just that I have been wondering at how sad and hurt God (who is love beyond our imagining) must feel when he sees the broken and damaged souls refusing His healing love. It just seems impossible to find that something extra to give Him some gladness and ease His sorrow. My first thought was “I can bless God”, quickly followed by “But it comes from Him, so I can’t do that” and “It is presumptuous, God needs nothing from us” and “there is something wrong with this train of thought, is it leading me to a wrong place.”
Any ideas and thoughts appreciated as it will help me work through this.
PS. I did search CAF but couldn’t find any previous Threads on this.