Focus verses: Psalm 34
Today’s reading relates David’s exploits while on the run from Saul and includes three psalms. Psalm 34 is a paean of praise. “I will extol the Lord at all times.”
That’s good advice for all of us. We are told that God inhabits the praises of his people. When we focus on praising God, we put all our problems and troubles into perspective. Nothing that comes against us is larger than God. Nothing can separate us from God against our will.
“A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.” This verse delivers rich comfort. No matter what happens, God has the situation well in hand. Events that rock us to the foundations never surprise Him. He is aware before hand and has made preparation for them all.
David sang to the Lord, frequently — one might say endlessly. Singing to the Lord is a good habit. When we sing the old hymns, we learn the tenets of our faith, the attributes of God, and the ways of the righteous. When we sing the new praise choruses, we join in an unending stream of praise. Somewhere, someone is singing to the Lord all the time. Or if they’re not, they should be.
An unending hymn of praise rising from this blue marble in the universe would go a long way toward correcting the problems we’re dealing with in today’s world.
Renew the song in our hearts. Restore to us the joy of our first love of Christ. Make the waters of praise and thanksgiving effervesce within us. Let us be harbingers of joy and thanksgiving. Help us to lift the spirits of all we meet.