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Statistics can be both fascinating and confusing when the elements change from person to person. Not to get into anything political but we have all been introduced and can agree to the division and mess it causes. One unchanging fact existing from the beginning of time remains constant –  God’s desire to bless his creation.

On the fifth and sixth days of creation God spoke these words after creating all creatures including the first people.

“And God blessed them, saying,

Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas,

and let fowl multiply in the earth …

To the first man and woman the Lord continued –

And God blessed them,

and God said unto them,

Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth and subdue it;

and have dominion over the fish of the sea,

and over the fowl of the air,

and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”

Genesis 1:22, 28.

He also provided for all their nutritional needs. In chapter 2, God then set aside a day of rest for them. His first act  after creation was blessing it – giving it his highest good, his favor.

Through this month’s posts, we have been reminded of the Lord’s blessings as we revisited Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount. It introduced the Beatitudes. Then the last chapter of the last book of the bible ends with a final blessing.

“Behold, I come quickly:

blessed is he that keepeth the sayings

of the prophecy of this book.”

Revelation 22:7

*The scriptures are salted with approximately 468 verses speaking of blessed, blessings, and bless. Of those 302 are blessed, 67 blessing, and 127 bless. Not all are pronouncements of God’s blessings. Some include people blessing others. Many speak of us blessing God.

Differences exist concerning the actual number of verses in the King James Bible. If the one I read is correct the total would be 31,102. I found it fascinating the middle verses of the bible come in Psalm 103 verses 1 and 2. This Psalm reveals David’s enraptured soul with his Lord. It begins-

“Bless the LORD, O my soul:

and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

Bless the LORD, O my soul,

and forget not all his benefits:”

David’s praise captures the essence of who the Lord is and all he has done. C. S. Spurgeon describes it best in his commentary on this Psalm.

 “As in the lofty Alps some peaks rise above all others so among even the inspired Psalms there are heights of song which overtop the rest … It is as the apple tree among the trees of the wood, and its golden fruit has a flavour such as no fruit ever bears unless it has been ripened in the full suushine of mercy. It is man’s reply to the benedictions of his God, his Song on the Mount answering to his Redeemer’s Sermon on the Mount.”

Why did David’s song of blessing echo above the mountains? He remembered all the goodness of God poured out on his life. He remembered God’s blessings of –

  • Forgiven sin;
  • healing of all his diseases;
  • redemption of life from destruction;
  • being crowned with God’s lovingkindness and tender mercies;
  • being filled with the goodness of God;
  • given strength;
  • His mercy, grace, righteousness, and faithfulness.

So overwhelmed by his Redeemer, David then calls all to join his song.

“Bless the LORD, ye his angels,

that excel in strength,

that do his commandments,

hearkening unto the voice of his word.

Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts;

ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.

Bless the LORD all his works

in all places of his dominion:

bless the LORD, O my soul.”

Psalm 103:20-22

It’s the Lord’s turn. He blesses us on a daily basis if we have eyes to see. Let’s join David in blessing our Redeemer by –

  • Giving him our obedience
  • Hearing his word
  • Doing what brings him pleasure
  • Remembering he rules over all

Let’s commit with C. S. Spurgeon to –

“Let others forbear if they can: “Bless the Lord, O MY soul.” Let others murmur, but do thou bless. Let others bless themselves and their idols, but do thou bless the LORD. Let others use only their tongues, but as for me I will cry, “Bless the Lord, O my soul.” “And all that is within me, bless the LORD.” … Half-hearted, ill-conceived, unintelligent praises are not such as we should render to our loving Lord.”

What blessing of praise will you offer the Lord today?

*Statistics gleaned from biblebelievers.com. Written by Nic Kizziah.

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