Elizabeth Goodine wrote this most beautiful song, I Bless Your Name, in 2003, but it was only during the last few months that I have become aware of it. After hearing such a magnificent song I began searching for the complete words and music, and as I did so, I came across this video produced by Azusa Pacific University Choir and Orchestra. Meghan McGovern is the soloist. If you enjoy fine music you will appreciate this rendition. It is a beautiful, inspiring work. After you view this, let’s talk a little.
But bless Your name? I bless your name? How is it possible that I–fallen, sinful, disgusting–can bless the name of God? As I spent time learning this beautiful song, I thought long on the principle here; I considered at length how a human could bless God. For it seems backwards, reversed, in the wrong order, for surely–and I’m more comfortable with this–it would be the Supreme, the Majestic, the God of all, who would bless me–the lowly, the servant, degenerate, the needy. I looked through scripture and found Paul to feel the same when he wrote in Hebrews 7:7:
“And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.” Hebrews 7:7
So what is this about my blessing God, about blessing His name? Is it not preposterous to think of approaching the throne of the Supreme One? How can it even skirt my mind to bless Him? And yet…it seems right, it feels appropriate, the spiritual yearning is there.
I have come to understand there is no possibility that the same meaning is implied when saying, “God bless me,” and when saying “I bless God” although both are possible and both are necessary. The Lord blesses me by His provisions, and by salvation which can be obtained in no other way, through no other Being except Jesus Christ. The only way I can attempt to bless Him is to honor Him, to give Him glory and praise. While in some translations of the Bible we are admonished to “give thanks to the Lord,” “bless the Lord” is used in others. So then we bless Him when we give Him thanks for blessing us. We proclaim Him holy! We acknowledge His superiority. We stand in awe.
Bless Your Name… I tremble, knowing how unworthy I am, yet from my heart, I Bless Your Name.