Psalm 103:1-2 (CSB) My soul, bless the LORD, and all that is within me, bless his holy name. 2 My soul, bless the LORD, and do not forget all his benefits.
The true essence of Christian worship is to bring our whole being before the presence of the Lord by his grace to magnify him in holiness; this is the intersection of “spirit” and “truth” that brings our whole being into the throne-room of God’s grace and to bless his name.
Psalm 103:3-10 (CSB) He forgives all your iniquity; he heals all your diseases. 4 He redeems your life from the Pit; he crowns you with faithful love and compassion. 5 He satisfies you with good things; your youth is renewed like the eagle. 6 The LORD executes acts of righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. 7 He revealed his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel. 8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in faithful love. 9 He will not always accuse us or be angry forever. 10 He has not dealt with us as our sins deserve or repaid us according to our iniquities.
To bless his name means to live in the grace of his forgiveness, redemption, and love (Ps. 103:3-4); to be fully satisfied with the things of Christ (Ps. 103:5); to walk in the Lord’s righteousness and justice towards the oppressed (Ps. 103:6); to walk in the word as it has been revealed (Ps. 103:7); to be compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in faithful-love towards others (Psalm 103:8); to forgo accusation and release anger against our enemies (Ps. 103:9); and not to deal with others as their sins deserve or seek vengeance against them according to their iniquities (Ps. 103:10).
Bless the LORD:
To return the sacrifice of God’s grace to him by exalting and showing his grace to others is the means by which we bless his holy name!
Romans 12:1 (CSB) Therefore, brothers and sisters, in view of the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your true worship.
Worship the LORD: