Psalm 34:1-3 I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.[s] My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.
We as children of God need to tell ourselves to praise the Lord especially amidst challenging situations and circumstances. The psalmist said to himself, I will bless the Lord. It is important for us to understand that even though we might not feel like praising God all the time, we should still praise Him. When we face critical situations in our lives like David did severally; our sustenance will be the praise in our mouth.
Praise is a Decision:
Psalm 103:2 – Praise the LORD, I tell myself, and never forget the good things he does for me.
A lot of people become so consumed in activities and challenges that they neglect the place of consciously telling themselves to praise the Lord. When life seems dark and empty, then it’s time to remind oneself of God’s goodness and benefits. Brethren, God is good; not just for what He has done but because that is His nature. The psalmist decided to tell himself to praise the Lord, what this means is, you won’t always feel like praising God; we must however praise Him in spite of how we feel. The reason a lot of people don’t bless and thank the Lord is because of spiritual amnesia, they completely exclude from their memory God’s faithfulness in time past to them.
Praise is a Command:
Psalm 150:4-6 – Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let everything that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.
Praise is not limited to a time or location. Praise wherever and whenever with any form of instrument, our voice, the dance. Some might be tempted to say, why should I praise when my life really doesn’t seem worthy of praise. A student might be more concerned about the unpaid school fees while the business person seems to be worried about the economic crisis. We can all count all the challenges we are facing but we should rather count our blessings to have a clear understanding of God’s mercy.
God wants us to have a continuous disposition of praise. We can praise Him in our basement, at the store, during the day and at night. Our location should not be a limitation for praise. As long as you and I have breath, it is required of us to praise the Lord.
Praise is our Divine Access:
Psalm 100: 1-2, 4
1 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. 2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. 4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
A lot of people are stuck at the gate of their miracles and blessings. They have struggled with actualising the promises of God in their lives for months and perhaps years. The needed break through simply seem to elude them; brethren, it is time to supernaturally overturn the situation with thanksgiving and praise. We are to approach God with gladness and singing in our hearts. The thanksgiving gate is the access point into His courts.
Entering His courts with Praise:
The courts represent an atmosphere for God’s goodness and a positioning for miracles:
Psalms 65:4 – Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.
It is a place to flourish:
Psalms 92:13 Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.
For Further Study
Psalm 67:5-6, Psalm 48:1
Personal declaration for the day
I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise will continually be in my mouth.
Questions for you to reflect on
Do you know there is power in your praise?
Have you made a decision to praise continually in all circumstances?