Scripture Reading: Psalm 34:1-3
“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 forever.” (Psalm 34:1-3)
My wife and I use New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp as a devotional guide. In one of the recent devotions, Psalm 34 was the recommended Scripture reading. When we read the Psalm, we were so encouraged by its message. Psalm 34 is basically an expression of praise and thanksgiving for God’s protection and care for those who trust in Him. The Psalm begins with a commitment David made — “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
In many of the Psalms we read about blessing the Lord. What does it mean to bless Him? Generally in the Bible, the word “bless” means to speak a good word about someone. Think of all the good words you can say about the Lord. The Psalms are full of good things we can say about Him. In Psalm 103 David writes — “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits” (Psalm 103:2). Then David begins to list all the good things He has to say that God has done for him — “who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s” (Psalm 103:3-5).
As we consider all the wonderful things God has done for us, we can then magnify the Lord. We can tell Him how great He is. In fact, we can boast in the Lord. Remember Paul’s exhortation to the Corinthians — “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord” (I Corinthians 1:31). We have nothing about ourselves to boast in; but we have every reason to boast in the Lord
Today, let’s accept David’s invitation — “Oh, magnify the Lord with me, let us exalt His name together.” Throughout the day, let’s bless the Lord, let’s praise Him and boast in Him. When we reflect upon all the good things God has done for us, it leads to humility and gratitude. It is then that we will be filled with gladness — “Let the humble hear and be glad.”
Lord God, I bless You this day. You are all wise and all powerful. You are loving and gracious. You are sovereign over all things. You have lavished Your steadfast love on me and You are faithful to me even when I am not faithful to You. I boast in You, Lord. You deserve all praise and honor. You are so good to me. I magnify You and praise You, my Savior and my God.
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