August 19, 2022

Rhonda Patterson
"The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all. Bless the Lord, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word. Bless the Lord, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will. Bless the Lord all his works everywhere in his dominion. Bless the Lord, O my soul."
Psalm 103:19-22

It’s not surprising that David ends this beautiful psalm the same way he began it, in joyous accolade and adoration to our King of kings and Lord of lords. His kingdom is over all things, the seen and the unseen, and there is nothing in all of creation that compares to our God.

Also worth noting is that David began and ended this psalm by commanding his soul, his inmost being, to bless, to praise the Lord. Sometimes we’re going through such a difficult trial that praising God may be the very furthest thing from our mind. It’s in those dark times that it’s important to call to our remembrance God’s past faithfulness to us and then do as David does here, direct ourselves to bless Him. The Hebrew word in this passage for “bless” means “to kneel down, give praise, give thanks, to extol.” The act of kneeling, be it literally or in our spirit, to God’s sovereignty over our circumstances becomes a posture of humility and a declaration of trust in His perfect will for our lives. As we do this, we find in Him an endless reservoir of peace and hope.

“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he will lift you up in due time.” 1 Peter 5:6