Key Verse: I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together! –Psalm 34:1-3
Feelings are overrated.
Recently, I learned that my friend’s husband had a 3-month affair on her. The husband, at one point in his life, had desired to be a full-time missionary, and they had even gone on several missionary trips together. Sadly, at some point, he chose to follow his feelings and desires, which caused him to live counter-Christian.
It’s easy to praise God on Sunday mornings in church when that is the planned agenda. It’s easy to bless God’s name when we experience the fruit of our labor. Indeed, there are times in our lives where praising God naturally flows from our lips.
Then, there are other seasons in our lives where we struggle to praise God. When we find ourselves emotionally and/or physically exhausted from life, it can be hard to find enough energy to praise Him. Other times, we may be burdened with sadness, suffering, and/or sickness. No matter the reason, sometimes we just don’t feel like praising God.
In Psalm 34, David proclaimed, “I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together” (vs 1-3). When David proclaimed that he would “bless God,” it meant he would proclaim God’s goodness and kindness continually. In other words, David would not check with his feelings, but would consciously choose to praise God continually for his goodness and generosity. Instead of depending on his feelings or looking at his circumstances, David would focus on God’s goodness and praise Him for it.
Like David, we, too, need to make the choice to praise God continually. If we only praise God when we feel like it, we will miss out on the best life has to offer: continual intimacy with God. So, make a decision that, no matter how you feel or what you are going through, you will praise God for his goodness and kindness.
Read through Psalm 34–slowly read through it, praying and praising God through it. Allow the Holy Spirit to energize your prayers.
Praise, Worship, and Thank God for His goodness and kindness. Thank Him specifically for your prayers that He has answer or will answer.
Repent. Repent for known sins, and ask the Holy Spirit to show you areas in which you need to repent.
Ask. Ask God for spiritual blessings, needs, and what God puts on your heart.
Listen and Respond. Take time to sit quietly before God and listen to what He puts on your heart.