Psalms 34:1 I will bless the Lord at all times and his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
No matter what is going on around you, let nothing stop you from praising the Lord. When Psalms 34 was written David was at the lowest point in his life. Although he had faithfully served Saul and the people of Israel in battle, Saul was on a mission to kill him. Consider for a minute how hurtful that must have been for David. With nowhere to go, the first place he went was to Achish, one of the kings of the Philistines. Because he was well known for his fighting prowess, David acted as if he was a mad man so that the Philistines would not see him as a threat and it worked to perfection. It is at that point that David recognized that even in his darkest hour God was still a provider and protector, so he penned Psalms 34:1 and declared “ I will bless the Lord at all times, his praise shall continually be in my mouth”. What David was communicating was whether the times were good or bad, he would still praise the Lord. The mark of a true worshipper is that they let nothing stop them from praising the Lord.
Whether times are good or bad, God is still good so why then should we praise him any less? This was the revelation that David had as it was likely the first time that he was going through difficulties. He was then clear in his mind what his response was going to be: he would never stop praising the Lord.
The enemy wants you to quit praising the Lord, he thought Job would have done that when he lost everything, but Job worshiped God even though he was going through the storm. You too should let nothing stop your praise. If your praise stops, you will lose the strength that you need to overcome.
Life Application: David kept praising God by making a commitment to always praise God as well scheduling times daily to offer praise and worship to God: follow his example.
Prayer: Lord, I will praise you at all times and your praise shall continually be in my mouth. Even in the midst of my challenges, I will praise you because you are God and you are good and your mercies endure forever. In Jesus’ name, amen.