Mordechai Mondays: Always Put Praise on His Holy Name!

All that is within me, bless the Lord, let all my thoughts and affections be engaged, united, and raised to in pitch for this work. Forget not all his benefits, and order to our duty, praising God for his mercies, it is necessary we should have a grateful remembrance of them. And we may be assured we do not forget them, here is what the psalmist was trying to get across, if we do not give sincere and hearty thanks for them, there is a possibility we could forget them. Who forgives all my iniquities, this is mentioned first, because, by the forgiving of sin, that which prevented our receiving good things is taken away, and we are restored to the favour of God, which ensures good things to us, and bestows them upon us. Who heals all thy diseases, spiritual diseases, the diseases of the soul. The corruption of nature is the sickness of the soul, it is its disorder, and threatens its death. This is cured by sanctification. In proportion as sin is mortified, the disease is healed. These two, forgiveness and holiness, go together, at least a degree of the latter always accompanies the former, if God take away the guilt of sin by forgiving mercy, he also breaks the power of it by renewing grace. Where Christ is made righteousness to any soul, he is also made sanctification to it in a great measure, for if any man be in Christ he is a new creature, old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new.

By the forgiveness of sin that is taken away, which kept good things from us, we are restored to the favor of God, who bestows good things on us. Think about it, it was sin, and yet forgiven, how many the iniquities, yet all forgiven. God is still forgiving, as we are still sinning and repenting. The body finds the melancholy consequences of Adam’s offence, it is subject to many infirmities, and the soul also. Christ alone forgives all our sins, it is he alone who heals all our infirmities. And the person who finds his sin cured, has a well-grounded assurance that it is forgiven. When God, by the graces and comforts of his Spirit, recovers his people from their decays, and fills them with new life and joy, which is to them an earnest of eternal life and joy, they may then be said to return to the days of their youth, Job 33:25.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, the word “bless,” as applied to God, means to praise, implying always a strong affection for him as well as a sense of gratitude. As used with reference to people, the word implies a “wish” that they may be blessed or happy, accompanied often with a prayer that they may be so. The word “soul” here is equivalent to mind or heart, my mental and moral powers, as capable of understanding and appreciating his favors. The soul of man was “made” to praise and bless God, to enjoy his friendship, to delight in his favor, to contemplate his perfections. It can never be employed in a more appropriate or a more elevated act than when engaged in his praise.

And all that is within me, all my powers and faculties, all that can be employed in his praise, the heart, the will, the affections, the emotions. The idea is, that God is worthy of all the praise and adoration which the entire man can render. No one of his faculties or powers should be exempt from the duty and the privilege of praise. A Psalm of joyous praise, in which worshipers rise from a thankful acknowledgment of personal blessings to a lively celebration of God’s gracious attributes, as not only inherently worthy of praise, but as specially suited to man’s frailty. It concludes by invoking all creatures to unite in a song of worship.


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