Ephesians 1:3 – “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.”
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ”. (NIV) God the Creator of all things and of all earthly and heavenly blessings needs to be praised. He is the Creator of every good thing, and we, His creation, need to praise, acknowledge and be thankful to Him.
And why do we need to praise Him? In the verses that follow, the Apostle Paul lists a number of benefits we have for knowing God: we were chosen first before we chose Christ; in love we were adopted as His children through Christ, and through Christ we were forgiven; we were given wisdom and understanding; we were given a purpose; we were marked with a seal of the Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance, our salvation our eternal life with Christ! (Ephesians 1:3-8)
Psalm 148 urges every thing to Praise the Lord: from the heavens, all His angels, all His heavenly hosts, sun, moon, stars, great sea creatures, ocean depths, lightning, hail, snow, clouds, wind, mountains, hills, fruit trees, wild animals, cattle, flying birds.
We cannot fathom how they Praise the Lord, but they do!
And if a fruit tree can, so can we!
We must Praise the Lord for all that He is, for all that He has done, for all that He does, and for all that He will still do for us! Praise Him because He has blessed us with the Holy Spirit- in the heavenly places, and right here – right now!