"I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth."
To bless someone means “to speak good things about him.”
When God blesses us, He declares good things over us and about us, and when He who created the universe by His Word, who said. “Let there be light” and there was light, declares something good about you, it happens! God’s Word has creative power.
We have no such power to speak things into existence, except in prayer. We may ask God to bless, to declare good things over us and over other people. When we know that God in His Word has declared certain things to be true, we can turn and proclaim those things in His name: “The Lord bless you and keep you...” and so we bless others with His authority, by His Word. Even the absolution is a proclamation of blessing:“Jesus has died for You; your sins are forgiven.”
When we bless the Lord, we declare what is already true about Him. We tell of His goodness, His righteousness, His love, His power to save. We declare what He has done for us. We talk about His answers to our prayers, and so we bless Him.
There is enough there to keep our mouth busy all day long, every day of our lives. “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
Decide today that it will be so: that every time you open your mouth, it will be to declare the goodness of God. As you bless the Lord, His words of blessing will be fulfilled in your life, too.
Lord Jesus, forgive the many idle words I have spoken in thoughtless haste. Fill my mouth with blessing. I would bless You at all times and declare your goodness to the next generation. Be glorified in my life today. Amen.
Pastor Dan Giles