Nov. 27, 2018

All That Is Within Me

Psalm 103:1Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me bless His holy name.” 

David here commands not only his soul, but everything that is within him - mind, heart, intellect, thoughts, desires, motivations, strength, abilities, and every other interior power to bless the Lord. 

Ordinarily we would think of only the first line of this, but he also calls upon “all that is within me” to bless His holy name. This caught me as if I’d never seen it before upon reading it this morning. Probably because I saw but did not notice. Ordinarily we think of the soul as being the container of everything internal and unseen within us. However, the Psalmist calls upon not only his soul to bless the Lord, but also all that is within him! 

How might that look as a prayer, a command to the interior powers to come forth as blessing the Lord? Here are a few examples. Bless the Lord, O my mind. Bless the Lord, O my will. Bless the Lord, O my intellect. Bless the Lord, O my thoughts. Bless the Lord, O my desires. Bless the Lord, O my motivations. Bless the Lord, O my heart. Bless the Lord, O my strength. Bless the Lord, O my talents. Bless the Lord, O my abilities. Bless the Lord, O my feelings and emotions. Bless the Lord, O all my powers bestowed by Him. Bless the Lord, O my spiritual insight, hearing, seeing, and comprehensions. Bless the Lord, O that of which I am unaware within me. Bless the Lord, all that is within me that remains unnamed… 

The king, under the Lord’s command, first commands his soul. We might see him as the commander of the Lord’s interior hosts - where God has placed His army. There are many divisions in that army, listed and unlisted, but in need of being enlisted in blessing and glorifying Him. God’s Holy Spirit - when joined with my spirit are to become one Mind - to command the blood bought soul, and all the host within. All are to function as one with “us” (His Spirit / our spirit), in full allegiance and surrender to the salvific vision and eternal purposes of the King of kings and Lord of lords. Thus each (of the “all that is within me”) is called upon bless Him to its fullest capacity.

Jesus prayed, (Jn 17) “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. 

The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.” Ponder that!

Had you ever considered that there is a spiritual and interior standing army at the ready to be called upon to bless the Lord’s name, according to what the Christ prays for in the foregoing? 

Our interior gifts and powers must be commanded to bless His name, for they also have the potential to become little gods, idols, kings, and potentates setting themselves up as rulers in His temple, His house of prayer - our body and being - as usurpers. They can vie for supremacy as they compete with one another for our attention, thus creating a state of anything from anxiety to full blown insanity. The question is, have I brought them to attention, commanded them to stand down, and to instead participate in blessing the Lord - the very purpose for which they are made and placed within me? In order for things to be in order, this means that my human spirit must first be, through Jesus Christ, in full surrender to the Holy Spirit - the Commander in Chief - so that the entirely of this army may be brought into a place of undergoing complete sublimation and transformation!

There is only one Lord, one Savior, one God. Thus the command goes forth, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name.” This can be applied to seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, as the first order of spiritual warfare takes place within us, by having the troops at the ready and in shape, with an understanding of the mission for which they are created and called.

PS: With the “go through the Bible in a year” mentality that has become so prevalent, thoughts like this are missed due to a mechanistic, ritualistic, and even liturgical hustle. (My intention this morning was spun from the direction of a dream to explore the first five verses of Psalm 103. Of course my ideas about this were slowed down to one at a time, which I would have missed going my own pace and approaching it on my own terms.)

It requires a “contemplative scrutiny” to really notice and appreciate the morsels of manna the Lord wishes to place before us to enjoy and to inwardly digest them. This is of course not done out of context or in some wild flight of fantasy or imagination (which would be a couple of those powers gone rogue!), but it is a careful noticing that must take place. And that adds to the depth and accuracy of one’s personal application. This must always be aided by the Holy Spirit.

I find that partaking and imbibing of Scripture need to resemble fine dining rather than a hasty drive through McDonald’s. It is more deeply appreciated when taken in small morsels well chewed and enjoyed, than it is when rushing through in an “all you can eat” mode, as quickly as you can eat it. And it is far more spiritually satisfying and healthy as well.

Soli Deo Gloria!