Praising the Lord
Psalm 34:1 I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. 3 O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.
David had times in life when things were not going right. His biggest enemy was his father-in-law who was terribly jealous of him. To avoid the turmoil of that relationship on a daily basis he left, leaving behind his dearest friend, Jonathan. It was a very difficult and painful, and yet, he continued to praise the Lord.
He blessed and praised God, because his focus was on the Lord and not on himself. Yes, things were difficult, but he sang songs of praise to God in the midst of his difficult moments.
When the focus of our lives is on all the earthbound issues we are facing we will lose balance. Turning our attention on the Lord, praising and worshiping him will bring the needed peace in the midst of the storm.
David encourages us to bless the Lord at all times — in all things — in the midst of all circumstances. Praise for God must be on our lips.
Any boasting should be in the Lord, and in him alone! God is our strength, he is our refuge! Stop looking for other people to solve your problems. Stop expecting others to be your strength and your refuge. Realizing that God is the only provider brings about great humility, for we are dependent upon him in all things!
Let’s join with David today, magnifying the Lord and exalting his name together. Praising God — it’s good for what ails you!
Lord, may my life be one of praise and worship of you today in my heart and in my life. Amen.