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Blessed Be Such A God
"At the close of every right contemplation of His character, His government, His plans, His claims, His law, His gospel, the heart that is right will say, 'Blessed be such a God.' "
"At the close of all kinds of trouble - and in the midst of all kinds of trouble - true piety will enable us to say, 'Blessed be God.' " - both quotes are from Barnes Notes
"If all be from Him, let all be to Him."
- Matthew Henry
"He is, He must be, He shall be, for ever, our blessed God."
"Let us bless God before we pray, and while we pray, and when we have done praying, for He always deserves it of us."
- both quotes are from Charles Spurgeon
"Blessed be God for everything."
Three of the most powerful words that every human could possibly utter are found in Psalm 68:35 which says - "O God, thou art terrible out of Thy holy places: the God of Israel is He that giveth strength and power unto His people. Blessed be God."
"Blessed be God" - This is the language of all those who are joyfully in contemplation of the character of God. To Him Who is endowed with such awesome attributes, everlasting praise is due. He alone is worthy to be worshipped.
Read how the Scriptures continually exhort us to "bless" Him -
Psalm 41:13 says - "Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen, and Amen. "
Psalm 72:18-19 says - "Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, Who only doeth wondrous things. And blessed be His glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with His glory; Amen, and Amen."
Psalm 89:52 says - "Blessed be the LORD for evermore. Amen, and Amen."
Psalm 106:48 says - "Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the LORD."
Psalm 134:2 says - "Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD."
1 Chronicles 29:10 says - "Wherefore David blessed the LORD before all the congregation: and David said, Blessed be Thou, LORD God of Israel our father, for ever and ever. "
The Lord God of Israel is to be glorified and adored. All honor and happiness is to be His. He is so deserving of eternal praise. He is in covenant with His people and has done great and kind things for them - and to think that the Best is yet to come!
He is truly and properly God, Jehovah, Lord of all, and the Lord our righteousness. All good things come from Him and by Him. He alone works miracles. Hence, His name is glorious and precious to His people and should be blessed by them.
Those who have an entire submission and perfect confidence in Him and believe that He is right, faithful, and true can easily say in all circumstances and at all times - "Blessed be the LORD for evermore." They understand that He is worthy of their absolute trust and ought always to be praised.
"...From everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God"(Psalm 90:2) Hence, "from everlasting to everlasting" - from this world to that which is to come - He is to be praised and adored.
Are you aware of the fact that "blessing the Lord" is the principal part of spiritual service? It is actually the main business. We must see to it in every church service as well as in our every day lives that our hearts are full of the conception of the majesty, glory, and mercy of God. Then out of our hearts will pour forth such language expressive of overflowing joy - speaking good of His name...relating the wonders that He has wrought down through history as well as in our lives...and proclaiming the greatness and might as found in His Holy and Matchless Name.
David exhorted the people by saying - "...Now bless the LORD your God."
The Scripture gives their immediate response - "...And all the congregation blessed the LORD God of their fathers, and bowed down their heads, and worshipped the LORD, and the king."
Notice that it didn't say that a few or some of the congregation - "blessed the LORD God of their fathers..."
It said that - "all the congregation blessed the LORD..."
What would happen this Sunday in our church services if "all" of the congregation would get a revelation of this truth as found in the Scriptures?
What would happen in our homes if "all" the members would begin to obey this simple command?
What would happen in your life if you would begin to take this command to heart?
Read again the opening quotes from Barnes' Notes - "At the close of every right contemplation of His character, His government, His plans, His claims, His law, His gospel, the heart that is right will say, 'Blessed be such a God.' "
"At the close of all kinds of trouble - and in the midst of all kinds of trouble - true piety will enable us to say, 'Blessed be God.' "
Is your heart right with God? When you hear about or read a message depicting the character or ways of God, do you respond by saying - "Blessed be such a God"?
Are you in the middle of some sort of trouble? Or perhaps you just came out of a crisis. What has been your general response to God through it all? Have you been able to say like Job - "Blessed be God"?
A good habit to develop is to say as Chrysostom said - "Blessed be God for everything." No matter what the circumstance, God is in control and will work all out for our good - if we will just learn to "bless" Him in the midst.
May we never forget the godly advice of Spurgeon - "Let us bless God before we pray, and while we pray, and when we have done praying, for He always deserves it of us."
And let's take this final quote of Spurgeon's with us wherever we go in this life - "He is, He must be, He shall be, for ever, our blessed God."
"Blessed be such a God."
May God Bless His Word.