Bless the Lord, O my soul! And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
// Ps 103:1
In Psalm 103, the word ‘all’ appears four times in the first 3 verses. ALL that is within me bless the Lord because He provides ALL my benefits, forgives ALL my sins and heals ALL my diseases.
These verses remind me that there is no benefit I have, that has not come from Jesus. There is no sin I’ve committed that He has not forgiven, or is unable to forgive. There is no disease that He has not healed, or is unable to heal. Therefore, from having a fully-forgiven life and from being a fully-healed person, I am called to bless Jesus with ALL that is within me.
And this is what God calls us all to do. He is seeking true worshippers (John 4:23) - people who worship Him with everything within them.
But what is true worship?
One of the greatest things I’ve learnt is that true worship should cost us. We live in an age of convenience, and we avoid anything that inconveniences us, but worship should be inconvenient. If there is no price to worship, it is valueless. True worship pays the price, joyfully.
Secondly, true worship magnifies who Jesus is – it blesses His holy name. For He is the Almighty God (Rev. 1:8), the Alpha and Omega (Rev. 1:8), the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2), the bread of life (John 6:48), the Captain of the Lord's host (Joshua 5:14), the Chief Shepherd (1 Peter 5:4), the head of the Church (Eph 5:23), the Lamb of God (John 1:29), the Prince of Peace (Isa 9:6), the resurrection and life (John 11:25). He is the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6) and our bright and morning star (Rev 22:16). He is Jesus Christ, the Lord of the entire Universe, and all Creation. And because of who He is and what He has done, He is the beginning and ending of all our worship.
Put simply, true worship is about giving our ‘ALL’, because we know the one who gave it all for us: Jesus. True worship is never half hearted, reserved or hesitant. True worship is ‘all in’. My prayer is that we would be committed to the inconvenient price; committed to blessing His holy name; committed to living a life of true worship. For He is worthy.
// Ps Phil Pringle