“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,…In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials.” 1 Peter 1:3-6. NASB
Why should we bless the Lord? Why should we rejoice? If we’re going through trials, how can we rejoice?
When I was a child, I gave my life to Jesus. I understood at a young age that I was a sinner and needed him to forgive me. But through my young years I did not really think that I was THAT bad of a sinner.
However, the older I get, and the more failures I have, and the more mistakes I make, and the more times I grieve my God, the more I realize how great His grace and mercy are.
But even so, sometimes I read, “Bless the Lord, oh my soul,” and I skim over it like it’s just words on a page.
I think the “how” of praising God, even in trials, comes in the remembering of how wonderful He is.
So, here and now, I’m going to pray a prayer using the dot-dot-dot of the passage above as a springboard of praise to God. (Won’t you please join me?)
Prayer: Blessed Are You, O God, for Your mercy has caused me to be born again. I didn’t deserve that.
The depths of Your mercy are as unfathomable as the universe that You made. Your mercy is that vast. If only I could stare up at Your mercy like I do the night sky during a meteor shower, contemplating its vastness and beauty and glorious wonder! Forgive me Lord, for taking Your mercy for granted, when it is so amazing!
I also bless You for Your gift of a Living Hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Thank You that this dark world is not all there is.
Thank You that You have reserved an inheritance for me in heaven, an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away!
Thank You for protecting me by Your power and that You even WANT to use your power to protect me, because You love me THAT much! Thank You that You have given me faith, and that You, who have begun a good work in me, will be able to complete it. Thank You so much for all these wonderful gifts!
Yes, Lord, Your mercy, Your grace, a Living Hope, a relationship with Jesus, an imperishable inheritance, and Your powerful protection are all wonderful reasons that we can bless your name, for you have been so good to us!
“Bless the LORD, oh my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name.” Psalm 103:1
I Praise You, Lord! Amen
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