Psalm 34:1, ” I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth 2 My soul shall make its boast in the LORD; …”
There was a fellowship my parents would go to in the early 90’s, by then I was not saved. This fellowship always sent a team to the missions field to preach the gospel. In happened that one day as the team was coming back from missions, they had an accident and some lives were lost. It was hard with the fact that they had just come from a weekend of victory. In this particular team, there was a gentleman called Simon, his fiancée and his brother. Simon lost both his brother and fiancée people found it hard to go to his hospital bed and break the news to him about the death of his fiancée and brother. But when they gathered courage to break the sad news expecting the news to crush him, he said something that up to day still speaks to my heart. He said, “We don’t praise God for what He does for us (blessings), WE PRAISE HIM FOR WHO HE IS”. Is this something or what? Let me repeat it,We don’t praise God for what He does for us (blessings), WE PRAISE HIM FOR WHO HE IS”. Our primary reason for praising God is for who He is.
I came across a song yesterday, the lyrics had the many blessings the Lord had done for the song writer then he concludes with this line, “that is the reason I praise Him”, does this mean that if the blessings of the Lord were missing, there would be no praise?, David opens Psalm 34:1, with a declaration, “I will bless the Lord at ALL times, His Praise SHALL continually be in my mouth“, if you know the story of David, David had one of the most hard times in life as a shepherd boy, as a king without a throne and as a king with a throne. You would expect David to only speak those words with all going well for him but that is not the case. When He spoke this Psalm, it was a time David pretended madness before Abimelech, who drove him away, and he departed. Right in the midst of it all he made a declaration to bless the Lord at all times in every situation and persuaded himself to continually praise in his mouth.
It’s easy to want to curse God than bless God in bad times. When we learn the main reason we praise God, we can pick ourselves up even in tough times and bless the Lord anyway for it’s not about us but about Him. Everything happens to His glory whether we believe it or not. Of course no one wants to go through bad times (I would a void it if I can) but can I stand to bless Him anyway?
To strengthen his attitude, he says“My soul shall make its boast in the Lord…”, this makes the devil so mad and confused because he is expecting us to be broken and miserable and perhaps curse God, instead, we brag in and on the Lord. Job was presented with the opportunity to curse God in his hard times but he would notJob 1:21, “And he said: “ Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; Blessed be the name of the LORD.”
One thing I believe these men Simon, David, and Job would not speak these boldly by themselves, the moment they declared to speak those words of praise, is the same moment God gave them grace and strength to endure and brought them out of their situations. Psalm 34:19, says, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all”.
Lord help us to praise You for Who You are. Blessings Ev