“Bless the LORD, my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name.”Psalms 103:1
“My God, I’ll praise Thee while I live, And praise Thee when I die,
And praise Thee when I rise again And to eternity.”
Dear brethren in Christ,
if we are in the right state of heart, there is not a time when we could leave of blessing the Lord. When shall we cease to bless Him? When He leaves off blessing us? That will never be. When we leave off being in debt to Him? That can never be. When He ceases to be worthy of blessing? That cannot be. Or when the life of grace within us ceases to recognize His blessedness? That also cannot be, for it shall be in us “a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”
Leave off praising Him? O brothers, sisters, never, never, never, not even for the time in which a clock might tick once!
Go on praising Him, if He shall take you up to the bed of sickness—if every limb shall be a mass of pain, if every nerve shall be a highway for a crowd of pains to travel on—yet still go on blessing and praising and magnifying Him, for this is His due.
When we have praised Him best and most, we have not given Him what He deserves. Let us fill this house of prayer with our praise and thanksgiving tonight. The Romanist sets his incense on fire and fills the whole place with the smoke thereof. Oh, let there go up to God from our grateful hearts a cloud of the smoke of praise unto His blessed name! Blessed be the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, from this time forth and forevermore!
If any man cannot join in that praise, let him recollect that he is not fit to live, nor fit to die—for to die without praising God and to rise again—would be to remain in a state in which he could not possibly enter heaven, since the one occupation of heaven is magnifying and blessing and praising the Lord forever and forever. Let such a one seek the Lord now. Let him trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. Then he shall be saved and he will be able to join us in saying, “We will bless the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the LORD.”
EXPOSITION BY C. H. SPURGEON