Summary: Why don’t you give Jesus a try today? What you’ve been doing hasn’t worked. They only bring us to a desperate place where we recognize that we need something else. I say why don’t you give Jesus a try. He won’t let you down.
David is the writer of Psalm 34 and in this particular Psalm David has just been delivered from his enemies by the mighty hand of the Lord. He is now in the cave of Adullam and he is running for his life again from King Saul. David gathers his men around him and he begins to exhort them.
He says I will bless the Lord at all times.
I – he said I
∑ Whether you do it or not - I
∑ My family - I
∑ The church - I
∑ The people around me - I
∑ My friends - I
Will bless – I will bless. It’s time to praise. It’s time to give glory. It’s time to exalt.
The Lord – Who is he praising?
∑ He is the one who is worthy.
∑ He is the one who cares for me
∑ He is the one who loves me
∑ He is the one who delivered me
∑ He is the one who protects me
∑ He is the one who makes a way for me
∑ He is the one who saved my soul
I will bless the Lord!
At all times – I will bless the Lord at all times. That means:
∑ Every situation
∑ Good times – bad times
∑ Good days – bad days
∑ Before, during, after trials
∑ Under every circumstance
∑ On the mountain – in the valley
∑ During bright days
∑ Through dark nights
∑ In sickness
∑ In difficulties
∑ In financial crisis
∑ In problems of any kind
I will bless the Lord at all times.
I will bless the Lord at all times. His praise shall continually be in my mouth. In other words it is not just in my heart but it is in my mouth. It’s not a passive thing. It’s not something that I do by just sitting there unmoved. The Bible says: “Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men.”
Praise begins with our will. We do not praise the Lord because of how we feel but we praise the Lord because it’s the right thing to do. It is an attitude that we get. We just praise him at all times. Praise is a choice that we make. We say, “I don’t care how ridiculous it looks to those around me, I got to praise the Lord.”
∑ I once was lost but Jesus found me.
∑ I once was blind to the things of God but now I see.
∑ I once was dead in sin but Jesus brought me back to life. Abundant life
My soul shall make her boast in the Lord. The humble shall hear thereof and be glad. Praise starts in our will and then it begins to flow into our emotions. We then praise God not only because it is the right thing to do but we praise him because we feel like it too.
Oh magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt his name together. Praise moves from us to other people as well. Praise is catchy. Praise is contagious.
The Bible says that praise is the reason we were created: To show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. I want you to know that he pulled my life out of darkness one day. I want you to know that he pulled some folks in this congregation out of darkness. We were in a pit of sin when he found us. But Jesus has cleaned us up and set us on a solid rock and has established our goings and has put a new song in our mouth even praise to our God.