THE SERVANT GENERAL
is a God who blesses. From the very start, God blessed
His people. God blessed Adam and Eve (Gn 1:28), Noah
(Gn 9:1), Abraham (Gn 12:2), and so on through the
generations, to our very own time today. We look to
God for His blessings, we implore Him to bless us,
we rejoice whenever we experience His blessings.
when we bless each other, what do we say? We say “God
bless you.” We do not say “I bless you.”
Ministers might say “I bless you,” but
it is a blessing “in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” It
is still God who blesses, with the minister as just
But here is something striking. We can also bless
God. In fact, we are told in the Bible to bless God.
“Bless our God, you peoples” (Ps 66:8a)
“Come, bless the Lord, all you servants of
the Lord” (Ps 134:1a)
“Bless the Lord, my soul; all my being, bless
his holy name! Bless the Lord, my soul” (Ps
Understand what the Bible is telling us: it is not
just that we can be a blessing to God, but that we
can actually bless God. It is not just God who blesses
us, but we in turn can bless God as well. “It
is we who bless the Lord, both now and forever.”
it is right for us to praise God, to worship God,
to thank God, to exult God. That is the proper relationship
between a creature and the Creator, between the servant
and the Master. But to bless God? What does this mean?
Isn’t a blessing imparted by the greater to
the lesser, by the one higher placed to the one lower
placed? How is it possible for us to bless God?
How to bless God
What does God bless us with? God blesses us with good
thingswith His grace, with His mercy, with His
gifts. When we say to another “God bless you,”
what do we desire for that person? We desire the good
things of Godhealth, prosperity, protection,
happiness, and so on. We desire that that person be
able to live his life according to God’s wonderful
plan for him. At times we may be specific, as in “May
God bless you with healing.” But most of the
time we might just say “God bless you.”
what does it mean if we bless God? God is the Almighty.
God owns everything. Is there anything that God needs?
Is there anything we can give God that He does not
have? Is there anything we can add to God?
answer is yes, there is. Now that is a very striking
and provocative statement. What could we possibly
have that God might want but not have?
answer is: ourselves.
God created human beings, not because He was lonely
or incomplete or in need of anything. God created
human beings out of love, to share His life and to
live eternally with Him in paradise. When they disobeyed
and lost paradise, God continued to work for their
restoration. Ultimately God sent His very own Son
Jesus to suffer and die for His creatures so that
they might be restored to Him, and again have the
possibility of making it to paradise.
desires His people and did not spare anything, including
His own Son, to have them back. Though He was complete,
He made Himself incomplete. After all His blessings,
when His people still reject Him, God wonders with
a plaintive cry: “O my people, what have I done
to you, or how have I wearied you? Answer me!”
what God wants most but might not possess are His
people! This is because God endowed people with free
will and respects that free will. God will not impose
His love on people. Thus they can reject Him.
So even with their salvation already won by Jesus
on the cross, people still reject God. Such rejection
grieves God. “But they rebelled, and grieved
his holy spirit” (Is 63:10a).
His beloved people, then God, according to His own
eternal plan, is not complete. Without the people
that He loves, without His plan being accomplished,
God is not blessed.
then can God be blessed? This happens when people
return to Him and live their lives according to His
divine will, thus assuring their entry into eternal
life with Him in heaven. This has been God’s
plan all along.
Blessing God and worship
Now when we turn our lives over to God, a vibrant
expression of that is when we worship. It is right
and it is expected that God’s people will worship
Him. When we worship God in Spirit and truth, then
we manifest that we are indeed His people. When we
are sincere in worship, we show that we are renewed
in His Spirit, that we accept Jesus as Savior and
Lord, that we are His disciples.
so blessing God is very much connected with worship.
our God, you peoples; loudly sound his praise”
“Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the
Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, bless his
name” (Ps 96:1-2a)
“… in assemblies I will bless the Lord.”
“I will bless the Lord at all times; praise
shall be always in my mouth.” (Ps 34:2)
When we praise God in the assembly, if that is truly
an expression of who we have become and how we have
been restored to God, then we are blessing God.
Blessing God and evangelization
Now God created all human beings and want them all
to live eternally with Him in heaven. Jesus died for
all humanity. So God will be fully blessed when all
the peoples turn back to Him.
procession comes into view, O God, your procession
into the holy place, my God and king. The singers
go first, the harpists follow; in their midst girls
sound the timbrels. In your choirs, bless God; bless
the Lord, you from Israel’s assemblies. In
the lead is Benjamin, few in number; there the princes
of Judah, a large throng, the princes of Zebulun,
the princes of Naphtali, too.” (Ps 68:25-28)
This is why we must evangelize, so that God will be
fully blessed. We are to proclaim the good news of
salvation in Jesus day after day among all peoples,
so that all the earth will also turn to God, and manifest
this in worship.
“Sing to the Lord, a new song; sing to the
Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, bless his
name; announce his salvation day after day. Tell
God’s glory among the nations, among all peoples,
God’s marvelous deeds.” (Ps 96:1-3)
This is why a community assembly with communal worship
is part of a people’s preparation to continue
with the work of evangelization. After their worship
and assembly, God sends them forth to proclaim Christ
to the society and world that they are returning to.
Blessing God in the assembly
we pray over someone and invoke God’s blessings
upon the person, we lift our hands and extend them,
palms out, towards the person. In the same way, when
we praise and worship, we lift up our hands to God.
“Lift up your hands toward the sanctuary, and
bless the Lord.” (Ps 134:2).
When we worship, Jesus is there, for where two or
three are gathered together in his name, there he
is in their midst (Mt 18:20). And where Jesus is,
so too are the angels and saints.
it is a great blessing for us to worship. And it is
a great incentive to us to bring all peoples to worship
the Lord, all you angels, mighty in strength and
attentive, obedient to every command. Bless the
Lord, all you hosts, ministers who do God’s
will. Bless the Lord, all creatures, everywhere
in God’s domain. Bless the Lord, my soul!”
Never forget: with the privilege to come before the
Lord in worship, we are not the only ones who are
blessed. The One we worship is blessed as well.
(May 11, 2009)
There are many other passages, not just in the Psalms
(for example, Ps 16:7a, Ps 100:4b, Ps 104:1a), but
also in Sirach (39:14c, 39:35, 43:11, 45:26a, 50:22a,
51:12b), Daniel (3:57-90), Tobit (13:15).
 The Catechism of the Catholic Church has this
to say: “Blessing is a divine and life-giving
action, the source of which is the Father; his blessing
is both word and gift. When applied to man, the word
‘blessing’ means adoration, and surrender
to his Creator in thanksgiving.” In this paper,
we look to a deeper meaning of “blessing God.”
 This is the same with a Eucharistic celebration
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