Psalm 34:1-3, “I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together,” (Psalm 34:1-3).
David says to bless the Lord at all times. I don’t see any conditions or contingencies on the statement. He doesn’t say bless the Lord at all times if you feel like it or if you have enough money in the bank or if you’re healthy or if your life is going well. Neither are we instructed to bless the Lord only when we’re in our weekly church services. Indeed, he told us to bless the Lord ALL the time.
David went on to say God’s praise will “continually” be in his mouth. Regardless what you’re facing or experiencing, learn to praise the Lord. Bring your praise into the church with you. Don’t come to church and then wait for the praise and worship team to pump you up enough to praise the Lord. Psalm 100:4 instructs us to, “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.” Praise Him for who He is, for what He has done, and what He is going to accomplish.
David tells us in verse 2 that his soul will boast in the Lord. The Lord is the only person in whom we should boast. 1 Corinthians 1:31 tells us this way: “…he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.” We should make a point to boast, glory, and brag in the Lord every chance we get. Boasting about the Lord to a humble Believer will quicken their Spirit and make them glad. Boasting in the Lord increases the hearer’s faith (“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God,” Romans 10:17) and your own as well.
Blessing the Lord at all times helps us to magnify Him. When you magnify something, you make the thing bigger, easier to see or observe. When we magnify the Lord, we make Him bigger than our hardship or obstacles. When we magnify the Lord, we keep Him as Lord over our lives. We give Him the place of preeminence which belongs solely to Him. We don’t magnify our problems, challenges, or obstacles. Indeed, we don’t focus on them at all when we magnify the Lord because we make Him bigger than anything else in our lives.
Let me make something abundantly clear, everyone is facing problems. If you stay focused on the problems, you won’t be able to praise the Lord until after He delivers you. However, if you stay focused on the Lord, you’ll be able to bless Him at ALL times. I want you to bless God in everything you go through. You see, blessing Him at all times is indicative of spiritual maturity, as well as the strength of your faith.
- What does praising the Lord look like to you?
- Do you bless the Lord all the time?
- What speech escapes your mouth besides God’s praises? What do you think would happen if you changed your negative speech to praise of God? Journal about it in your notebook.
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