Psalm 34:1 I will extol the Lord at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips.
2My soul will boast in the Lord;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
3Glorify the Lord with me;
let us exalt his name together.
4I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.
The Lord has given us all the instruction we need to be successful in this life, the question is, are we listening? Are we searching for it? Are we seeking, knocking and asking for this instruction that is more precious than gold? For most people, that answer is no, but lets pray you are not "most people."
What is the pattern the Lord has shown us? Psalm 34 throws it like ice water right in our face:
Within the first 3 lines of this Psalm we see:
extol, praise, boast, rejoice, glorify, exalt. Praise? Yea. Praise what? HIS NAME. Glorify Him, our praise must ALWAYS be on our lips. Not sometimes, not just when we are having a good day, not just when the sun is out, not just on Sun-days, ALWAYS.
If we would just learn to do this one thing, then heaven and earth would move to greet us and to provide everything we need for our life of godliness on this earth. Why do so many people lack? They do not praise. They are waiting to praise for some reason and some day that may not come for them. I will extol the Lord at ALL times. See that word "all" there? What does "all times" mean? What does "always" mean? Am I wearing you out with my stupid questions? I hope so.
If we get nothing else right on this earth, let us be a thankful people. Lets be a people who have their God's praise ALWAYS in their mouths. Even when our backs are up against the Red Sea and the Egyptians are bearing down upon us to kill us all, lets believe, lets be faithful and lets praise our God with even the last breath that comes from our mouth should it come to that.
The Israelites were found grumbling and complaining in the desert, and we know things did not end well for most of them. Let's be the younger child that sees the mistakes made by the older brother and not make the same mistakes again. Nobody likes a complainer. Nobody likes a grumbler. Evidently, not even our God has much patience with these kinds of people.
We have been told what kind of people we should be. We should be rejoicing, always. Does "always" mean when things are looking bad in the world around us? Yea, it especially means when things look bad. Always means always. We do not worship our God in vain. We pray expecting answers, and I for one have NEVER been disappointed by my God when I have trusted Him in this. Our God cannot lie, if He said He will do something, He will do it.
All of us have something we can be thankful for today, start with that and build a list. Thank Him, praise Him, Glorify Him, especially when things look really bad. That is a display of faith for all the heavens to see, and it brings glory to our Father's name.
This poor man has called, and the Lord HAS answered him, again, and again, and again. Not because this man is anything, but because our God is faithful and His Word is true. We must learn to keep His praise always in our mouth. Always. Then watch how things turn out for you.
Be patient, keep the faith. grace and peace