Joining in the Chorus

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits. Psalm 103:2

Blessing God is remembering His kindness and recognizing that He is the Giver of all good things. He forgives, heals, redeems, crowns, satisfies, and strengthens (v. 3–5). Psalm 103 concludes with the same exhortation it began with: “Bless the LORD, O my soul!”

From the “Bless the LORD” in verse 1 to the “Bless the LORD” in v. 22, the psalmist broadened his vision considerably. In verse 1 praise flows out of a context of personal well-being resulting from God’s deliverance. In verse 22 worship rises from the knowledge of God’s universal rule, for “His kingdom rules over all” (v. 19). So what began with an individual has combined with all creation’s mighty chorus of praise to the Lord.

Bless the Lord, all you His hosts, you ministers of His who do His pleasure. Bless the Lord, all His works, in all places of His dominion. Bless the Lord, O my soul!

The amazing fact is that the voice of the psalmist is not lost to God in such thunderous praise! Let us join in the chorus.