Monday, April 6, 2009

"I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth." Ps 34:1

The setting of this Psalm takes place at a rather difficult time in Davids life: when he changed his behaviour before Abimelech; who drove him away, and he departed. David was in a great problem, Saul was seeking to kill him, and everywhere he turned Saul and his army were there. So David in his haste flees to a very strange place; Gath!!! That may not stick out to you until you remember where Goliath was from. So This is a pretty dumb move on Davids part to flee to the enemies territory. We often find though that God will suffer his chosen to be afflicted, but he would not allow them to be harmed. David upon realizing how desperate of a situation he was in works wisely to get out of the problem, and once removed penned this Psalm. We too will learn the praises of the Most High not through times of comfort and ease, but almost exclusively through troubles. We must understand that our God is not working only when we can see his leading, and feel the touch of his hand; but also through the dark times, when the demons of the night are surrounding our souls and hells hounds seem to be barking at our heels. We need at these times to lift up a song of praise, for these are the times when our soul needs most to praise our Great Redeemer. These are also the times when those around you will be most influenced by your praise as well. God wants to hear your praise; will you dedicate yourself that no matter what the situation is you face ( ease, adversity, indifference) that you will be found praising him?

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