Psa. 34:1 ¶ I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
How could anyone praise the Lord at all times? That was the uniqueness of David. From the very first time he tasted the anointing his life was set. He had been changed into another man, a man after God’s own heart. David spent his life in the pursuit of two things; to behold the manifested glory for himself and to make this continual worship available to everyone.
One of David’s first official acts as king was to prepare to bring the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem. The defining scene in his life was the image of him dancing with all his might before the ark as the levites carried it into the city. He wanted everyone to taste the incredible joy of the presence of the Lord, that’s why he sang, ‘Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!’ Here are some thoughts from Spugeon’s ‘Treasury of David’ on this verse.
“At all times, in every situation, under every circumstance, before, in and after trials, in bright days of glee, and dark nights of fear. He would never have done praising, because never satisfied that he had done enough; always feeling that he fell short of the Lord’s deservings. Happy is he whose fingers are wedded to his harp. He who praises God for mercies shall never want (lack) a mercy for which to praise. To bless the Lord is never unseasonable. His praise shall continually be in my mouth, not in my heart merely, but in my mouth too. Our thankfulness is not to be a dumb thing; it should be one of the daughters of music. Our tongue is our glory, and it ought to reveal the glory of God. What a blessed mouthful is God’s praise! How sweet, how purifying, how perfuming! If men’s mouths were always thus filled, there would be no repining against God, or slander of neighbors. If we continually rolled this dainty morsel under our tongue, the bitterness of daily affliction would be swallowed up in joy. God deserves blessing with the heart, and extolling with the mouth—good thoughts in the closet, and good words in the world.”
So come on, magnify the Lord this morning. Sing about His greatness. Bow before His presence. Worship Him. Like Spurgeon said, ‘the bitterness of daily affliction will be swallowed up in joy’.