6.27.2008

30 DoW: Day 27

I chose Psalm 134
1 A Song of Ascents.
Behold, bless the Lord,
All you servants of the Lord,
Who by night stand in the house of the Lord!

2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary,
And bless the Lord.

3 The Lord who made heaven and earth
Bless you from Zion!

attribute & reaction:
Blessed. This psalm stood out because it’s so brief, but it also brought to mind a question I've had in the past: How can we bless the LORD? I mean, He's God. He's the Creator of the universe. He's the Blesser. So to say "bless God" seems so utterly impossible. But some of that is due to a wrong understanding of blessing.

We usually think of blessing as some kind of physical gain, and often it is. But it's a lot of other things as well, and the big question is not so much "how has the LORD blessed you" as "what are you doing with the blessing?"

When we bless God, we're not necessarily "giving Him something" in the physical sense, though we can give our time, talent, treasure and physical self to serve Him. We're not giving Him something that can actually help Him, because He has everything and enables everything. But this is more to do with giving thanks, praise or worship in all their forms. That is a blessing to God.

I like some of what John Piper wrote on this. "If God is the primal and inexhaustible 'blesser,' then he must be above all others in a 'blessed' state—the fullness and source of all 'blessing.'" Truly, He is blessed above all.

Personally, based on poor interpretations of "blessing" from the past, I'm still having a hard time wrapping my head around this, but I'm trying to clearly understand. And as I do, it further humbles me that God wants my blessing, praise, thanks, service or anything else from me.

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