Let my whole being bless the Lord!
Let everything inside me bless his holy name!
Yesterday we talked about the cycles of God’s love. Today we think about how God shares the return of these cycles through our prayer; here’s what I mean.
Today’s psalm opens up with an explosion of praise: “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!” What a minute! I thought that God was the one who blesses and we are the ones being blessed? Yes, this is true. When God blesses us, God sends out a surge of blessings. Yet when we thank God and praise God, in a sense, we “bless” God and return the second half of the cycle to God. It’s like playing catch. God throws out His blessing in creating us–we receive it, and then return it to God through prayer and living as God wants us to live. In this way, we complete the other half of the cycle: we return the gift of life to God.
The surge of praise of the psalmist contains a list of blessings that the psalmist is grateful about and so he “blesses” God. Blessing God for the gifts of life brings us right into God’s presence. Look at God face to face, as you bless and thank God for all the gifts of life that are shared with you every day, every week, and every year of your life.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
All within me bless Your name. v. 1
For more information about this creative way to pray, see Bible Breaths.
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Winter in the north. Year C
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