By Charles Haun
The word "bless" (Hebrew barac) has a compound meaning,
"to bless and kneel." A problem develops concerning
these meanings, when God is the activator - "I will bless
them." This could not mean that God will kneel before
Since "kneel" is a meaning of barac, there must
be more to this word than bending that part of the leg. In
fact, the authorities add to the meaning, the word "prosperity."
Does "Bless the Lord" then mean to cause God to
prosper? Prosperity is multiplication, addition, or increase.
How could we add to God? Our lives are an example of a way
in which we have an opportunity to please God.
The Lord can receive pleasure from us. Today, we can give
to the Lord something He never had before, thus adding to
Him. We can yield the right to our lives to the Lord, and
allow Him to speak through us in a way that He could not have
"Bless ye the LORD, all ye His hosts; ye ministers
His, that do His pleasure." Psalm 103:21.
We should consider, and then ask ourselves the following questions;
"What is in me? Am I full of self and the desires of
the flesh? Does that which is within me displease God, or
does that which is godly fill my life?"
Can I honestly testify, "God is pleased with the qualities
that fill my inner being - which allow Him to be seen though
"Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within
bless His holy name." Psalm 103:1.
This "within me" is where the Lord seeks to procure
His own blessing. We prepare it for Him by shutting our "gates"
to the impurities and shameless unrighteousness of this present
Then we provide "blessings" for Him by taking in
those elements characterized by purity and godliness.