A Season of Psalms - Psalm 113:2-3
“Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and forevermore! From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised!”
English Standard Version (ESV)
What does it mean to be blessed? Literally, it means to be favored by God. It’s the act or words of one who blesses, in this case God the Father, the Source of all our blessings. One of my favorite worship songs is “Blessed Be Your Name” by Matt Redman. It says that no matter the uncertain situations we face in life, still we will bless the Lord. “Every blessing You pour out I’ll turn back to praise. When the darkness closes in, Lord, still I will say: Blessed be the name of the Lord!”
In Psalm 113, the psalm writer blesses the name of the Lord. Notice the duration of the blessing: from the present time and forevermore. There is not a moment in the future where the psalmist will not bless the Lord’s great name. Verses 4-9 are examples of why the psalmist will offer such praise to God: He is Sovereign over all nations (v. 4), He is incomparable (v. 5-6), the Defender of the weak (v. 7-8), and the Giver of every good and perfect gift (v. 8). As the children sing, “My God is so great, so strong and so mighty, there’s nothing my God cannot do!” This is why we praise Him, why we sing, why we offer Him our everything. Because of what He’s done for us, His praise should ever be on our lips, from the sunrise to the sunset, from this day forth for all eternity.
Psalm 103: “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!” He is worthy of all praise. How will you bless the name of the Lord today?
Further Reading: Numbers 6:24-26; Psalm 33
Pray with me:
I give glory to Your name, O Lord. For your name is great and greatly to be praised. In Jesus’ name, Amen.