The Jewish people of the the Old Testament took blessing God very seriously; ”Come, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD, who stand by night in the house of the LORD! Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the LORD!” (Psalm 134:1-2) The many Psalms that call us to bless God still call out to us today. “Bless” in the Hebrew, used in this way, was the word barkaku (bā·ră·ḵū) which is the verb to kneel, which implies blessing. How do we bless God today?
1. Tell someone about God’s awesome works and ways. Share your admiration for God with someone and point in His direction when discussing the good things in life. Psalm 105:2 specifically says to “Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts.”
2. Spend some extra time alone with Him. Draw near to Him by separating yourself from all of your obligations and routines. Worship Him outside of your quiet time or Sunday worship service. Worship Him without concern for yourself, giving to Him fully. Just as we make dates with friends, we can make time for Him in this way.
3. Kneel and bow down before Him. Psalm 95:6 says, “Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.” Have you kneeled before God recently? When we humble ourselves physically with “carpet time,” He is blessed.
When we humble ourselves physically with “carpet time,” He is blessed.
4. Sing Him a new song. Psalm 96:1 tells everyone to “Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth.” That does not disqualify the less musically gifted among us. Perhaps putting a personal prayer of praise to a familiar tune will be new enough for some of us. Others may head for the recording studio.
5. Write a Psalm for Him. What was good for David, who God calls “a man after my own heart,” (Acts 13:22) should be good for us, too! Make a poem of His goodness, or all that He has done for you. Or chronicle many of the good things that He has done, then put your written tribute in a place where you can refer to it and read it repeatedly to Him, as your personal psalm to Him. Praise Him with your pen (or laptop!). Record His faithfulness and watch your faith for the future grow!
- Praise Him with your pen (or laptop!).
6. Humble yourself before Him. Psalm 51:16–17 explains; “For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.” It blesses God when we take the place humility by our own volition.
7. Praise Him in His sanctuary. Praise Him in a public venue. Psalm 150:1 tells us that private praise is not enough. Intentionally praise Him in the presence of others. God is pleased with corporate praise. Heaven is full of multitudes praising Him in harmony.