Sunday: 19th August, 2018
Reference text: Psalm 34
Psalms 34:1 I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
When generalisations are made using words such as ‘All’, ‘Always’, ‘all the time’, or ‘everyone’, one creates a catchment and an idea that appears true for all persons and all situations.
The Psalmist today tells us what his intentions were – to bless the Lord at all times and to continually praise his name. That is the intention – but how true can we be to those words? Are we able to bless at all times and continually praise? What happens when we face tough moments that make praise appear as a luxury? Then, do we keep praising or like it was suggested to Job, ‘do we curse God and die’.
We often wish to identify ourselves with the good sides of the word of God and to say ‘Yes, that is true for me’. However, our realities can be very different: we don’t always wake up each morning feeling thankful, nor do we wake up singing praise. Not because we do not want to, but because our current situations have pushed praise further down our list of priorities.
We may be going through the most difficult of circumstances, but we can still praise. Beloved, if your story has been, ‘I know I can praise, only not right now or ‘my mood for praise is just not active’, then the challenge of the Psalmist to you is; ‘in spite of your situation, you can still have the praise of God continually on our lips’.
Remember # We may not be having the best of moments, but we can still keep our praising.