Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name! (Psalm 103:1)
The relevance of God’s praise is a subtle extravagance.
‘He is LORD. He is LORD. He is LORD. And everything within me shouts his name!’
How can we make more of God?
Short answer: We can’t. Slightly longer answer: But we can bless his holy name.
There is everything between the mouth and the soul that King David devotes to blessing the LORD, to blessing his holy name! The joy in which God created him he returns in psalm(s). An inward joy of his unseen faculties. He blesses the LORD with fullness. He blesses the LORD with a subtle extravagance from within.
My All Will Make Much Of You
…Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. (James 5:13)
A subtle extravagance is how David makes much of God. A soul-worthy praise that doesn’t take away from his mouth but freely flows from God’s glory and not his own. He removes all other passions to make much of the name of the LORD.
A Filled Heart
The statement ‘who’ is sung five times between verses 3-5. Who is it the heart glorifies when their soul is full. Who receives blessing, an out pouring of praise. David’s soul exalts the one who forgives, who heals, who redeems, who crowns, who satisfies.
Day After Day, Good After Good
David blessed the name of the LORD day after day and good after good. The calling on of his soul wasn’t temporary or quieted by circumstance or something that was wrapped up at the end of the day but was everlasting (v.17).
Blessing His Holy Name
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving, let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! (Psalm 95:2)
Within all of us are melodies that only God hears. Words, songs that come from no other place than the heart’s devotion to blessing his holy name. A thankfulness from both the mouth and the soul.
Blessing his holy name isn’t in what we offer him but making much of what he has given us.
So let’s go Christians, surrender the melody he has given you to give all to his glory.