Psalm 34:1 “I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

When the sun is shining and the birds are chirping and there is a gentle breeze blowing, this verse seems to fit right in. It seems natural to bless the Lord when all is right in the world. We send up His praises freely and easily, willingly and joyfully. But what about when things aren’t so rosy? What about when you’ve lost your source of income and the bills are piling up? What about when sickness and fear are all around you and nothing is quite the way it should be? Is it my natural response to bless the Lord? Are the first words out of my mouth praises to God?

We have a funny saying in our house. It goes like this, “Oh, great! You got Dad praising God again!” A number of years ago, when our boys were young, they were fighting and complaining about something. Middle school age boys that are two years apart and competitive about everything have a way of sending me over the edge. My response to their squabble was, with a deep sight, “Praise God!” My son was quick to point this out and that’s where that tag line was born.

Now, I don’t think that is what David was thinking when he penned these words but I guess it is better than some of the other phrases that could have crossed my lips at that point. Our God is worthy of so much more than a grumbled, halfhearted, praise. It really doesn’t matter what you are facing right now. He is worthy of your praise. No matter how dark it may look, praise Him. No matter how desperate you may be, praise Him. No matter how much it hurts, praise Him. God uses times like these to write a message on our hearts. If you press into Him, He will put a song in your heart, a word in your bones, a hope in your being. Then share that message with as many people as you can. In doing so, you will be blessing Him and showing forth His praise every day.

So, bless the Lord today and let His praises be your every word.