April 22 – Bless God’s Name Forever and Ever!

About at the halfway mark during our engagement, Russell and I decided to prepare our hearts for the wedding by reading the Psalms.  He was in Texas and I was in Michigan, and starting with Psalm 1 we began reading a psalm a day leading up to the reading of Psalm 150 on our wedding day in the summer of 1988.  I was a new Christian and by pondering the many reasons God was praised, I learned so much about His faithful character in these ancient songs.

Six days before the Big Day, we read Psalm 145, a tremendous testimony of God’s great acts.  Here are a few of the blessing verses:  I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever.  Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever.   All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your saints shall bless you! My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord, and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever. May we continue to meditate on the glory of His splendor and bless His holy name.  Earth is our training ground and years of marriage have provided me opportunity again and again to grow in blessing God and loving people.

Psalm 145:1-2, 10, 21 ESV