Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Psalm 103:1 NIV
I don’t know if it is old age or not. Maybe it happens as a part of my personality trait. Sometimes when I am working on a project alone at my house, I find that my inner thoughts slip out of my mouth. I am talking to myself. Slightly embarrassed, I turned the conversation into a prayer. At least, now I am talking to God and not just to myself.
King David has recorded a beautiful Psalm which includes some “talking aloud”. Most feel this Psalm was a song used in worship. It starts with personal worship and ends inviting the congregation to participate. The first line can bring great encouragement to each of our lives.
The Psalmist is speaking to his soul to focus its attention on God. To “bless” is more than speaking praise, it is to express worthiness, thankfulness, appreciation and honor. David is telling his soul to change focus from the horizontal realities of life to the vertical preciousness of God’s worth.
Sometimes your soul needs a good talking too, in order to stop the “stink’n think’n” and focus on whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:9
David moves to another level beyond what his soul is thinking. He demands for “all that is within me” to engage in blessing the Lord. HIs whole being should be involved, including his emotions, his dreams, his “want to do’s”, his hearing and speaking, and his physical body. All of these should align themselves with focused praise to God. Your life follows your words, this is especially true with directing your worship.
Speaking to your soul and body is important for your “will” to exercise authority over your feelings. Most, default to expressing worship based upon “how you feel”. This verse says that we can shift from the “mess” to the “bless”, from “daze to praise”, by telling your soul what it should be meditating upon. Your “will” is stronger than your feelings and it steers your life in the direction you choose.
On this Monday Mantra, you are blessed with the ability to focus when and where to pour out your praise. May you learn how to “pray your day” toward Philippians 4:9 thinking. May your tongue find its delight in blessing the Lord and blessing others. May you personally experience the joy of your salvation as you encounter communing with your Heavenly Father.
Blessings Love y’all