When the sun is shining, the birds are singing and spring has definitely sprung, what are you saying?
When it’s cold and dark, and horror of horrors, a snowstorm appears in April, what words are on your tongue?
When the routine is predictable and everything is just, well, just normal, what are you uttering?
Psalm 34:1 reads, “I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.”
King David wrote that Psalm. A King. If you don’t know a lot about him it might seem easy for a King to pen such thoughts.
But King David knew a lot about hardships. He knew what it was like to be anointed King, and then have to wait years for his time on the throne.
He knew what it was like to have a madman after him, constantly chasing him, trying to literally kill him.
In fact, this Psalm was written when David was acting crazy so Abimelech would drive him away, outside the city, where David could hide himself from a crazed King Saul.
Can you imagine being sweaty, dirty, hunkered down in a cave, heart pounding so loud you think you hear it’s echoes off the walls, hoping you would not be found, be caught and killed?
David probably penned these words under such circumstances.
“I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.”
To think of someone writing those words, holding those ideas close to his heart while under such stress, wow! Maybe you are like me, and ponder my little pile of problems and are deeply humbled.
If David could praise God under such circumstances, if he could disregard the stress and worry of his days to focus on the Lord, praising him with such vigor, why can’t I?