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Pout or Praise?

Psalm 34:1 Reads

“I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (KJV)                                                                                                                 This verse is a brilliant declaration of praise ascribing worth to our God who is most worthy of our adoration and thanks.                          This psalm was written while David was hiding in the Cave of Adullam. He had been fleeing for his life from King Saul, and had an unpleasant run in with Abimelech in which he had to act like a mad man in order to escape death, or being sold out to Saul. (1 Samuel 21)                                                                                                                                             It was here while taking refuge in this natural stone structure that David does the unnatural. He declared the refuge he has found in the Lord.                                                                                                                               In the midst of trial and tribulation when the natural tendency is to question why, pout, cry, and whine David pens a profound opening line to this hymn of triumph.                                                                             There are three key words we should focus on here that the sweet Psalmist of Israel wrote here.                                                                                                                           1. Will                                                                                                                                     2. All                                                                                                                                         3. Continually                                                                                                                     I WILL bless the Lord…”  Blessing the Lord is a chose we make. We can choose to pout or we can choose to praise.                                       David had every right to feel sour towards his circumstances yet he chose to do the opposite and worshiped the Lord. He focused on the Lord rather than the trial. How? By grace. He realized That the Lord would deliver him as he declares throughout this psalm. He knew that the Lord is filtering every event through his fingertips and works everything out for his sake

2 corinthians 4:15 says “For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.” (NKJV)

Because we know The Lord works everything out for our sakes by His grace we can bless Him “at all times”  good or bad, 24/7 He works all things out for our good (Romans 8:28) and since our circumstances are ever changing, but the Worth of God, and the Grace of God never change, His Praise will “continually” be in our mouth!

Mike Miller -CCNH

 

Testing Time

Jesus said to her, "Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?" —John 11:40
Faith must be tested, because it can only become your intimate possession through conflict. What is challenging your faith right now? The test will either prove your faith right, or it will kill it.

Jesus said, “Blessed is he who is not offended because of Me” Matthew 11:6). The ultimate thing is confidence in Jesus. “We have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end…”(Hebrews 3:14).Believe steadfastly on Him and everything that challenges you will strengthen your faith.There is continual testing in the life of faith up to the point of our physical death, which is the last great test. Faith is absolute trust in God— trust that could never imagine that He would forsake us (see Hebrews 13:5-6).

God never puts us into situations to fail He leads us through times and places to bring us into a deeper relationship with Him. So study hard and enjoy the test!

~Pastor J~

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