“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name” (Psalm 103:1).

Because they have become such a familiar chorus, we fail to recognize the oddness of these words. It is the psalmist summoning himself to praise. When the natural tendency is to count our burdens on calculators and blessings on our fingertips, the challenge set before us is to practice with supernatural intentionality the discipline of blessing and praising God. It is a mark in our faith development when the shift is made from being only a consumer of blessings to a contributor of blessings.

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