A Change with Psalm 34

“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.  My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; the humble shall hear of it and be glad.  Oh magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.  I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”  Psalm 34: 1-4

What a concept these verses convey!  “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”  I remember just after my second son was born, my husband and I packed our things and moved six hours away to live in someone’s basement for a time.  You don’t have to know the details to know things weren’t the best they could be.  What couple with two young children randomly pack up and move into someone’s basement that they barely know?  I remember going to church and the song “Blessed Be Your Name” was being sung.  I couldn’t even force the words out of my mouth because I was so hurt.

That was nearly ten years ago.  Since then, we’ve had two more kids, six more moves, many more hardships, and countless blessings after blessings after blessings.  Do you know when those blessings began?  They came when I finally realized that when I bless the Lord at all times, when His praise is continually in my mouth, I see the blessings through anything that comes my way.

Through deaths, difficult jobs, bad choices, lack of money, sickness, broken bones, big bills, cross country moves, bad days, and any and everything else that came my way, I saw blessings.  All of the sudden, the list of blessings poured out.  In came healing, amazing people that I could never have imagined asking for, money for bills and sometimes extras, health, restoration of relationships, new relationships, good days, a new home, desires of my heart that I never thought to even verbalize or ask for came to be. The only change was in my heart and attitude.

Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.  When your heart is full of all of the daily downers that are thrown at you, your attitude and mouth speaks of that.  All day things are thrown at us.  That’s not wrong, that’s life.  Our choice is how we react.  When we resolve to always have HIS praise on our lips, our heart changes, our immediate reactions change.  We are not perfect, but our heart begins to be filled with blessing and praise, thankfulness and gratitude.  Soon, our heart is not only filled, but is overflowing.  Out of that abundance, we speak.  When we speak life and blessing, we begin to see the life and blessing in and around us.  For me, it was at that moment that the blessings began to flow.  I’m not sure that all of the sudden everything turned great in my life. Bad days still exist, I just am better equipped to handle them and hopefully shut them down a little earlier than I used to.  I honestly think that some of the blessings were there all along; I just didn’t notice them because blessing wasn’t what was flowing out of my mouth.

Here’s my challenge to you:  use Psalm 34, other verses of praise to God, or write your own and meditate on it.  Seriously think about it and make it be on your mind and lips constantly.  When things come up and are thrown at you this week, when dinner doesn’t turn out as planned, you are late, or your kids don’t pick up after themselves, say what you’ve been thinking on.  Bless the Lord in that moment and thank Him that you have food to mess up, a job to be late for, or kids to teach.  Make that be the first thing come out of your mouth and soon it will be the first thing in your head and heart whenever something comes up.  It doesn’t make life perfect, but it does clear the way for you to notice the blessings in and around you.

Dear God, thank you for who you are.  Thank you for the way you love me in my lowest, dirtiest, most desolate times, just as you do in my put together, happy times.  Please teach me to fill my heart with your praise, help me to notice all of your blessings, and be grateful for everything before I can complain.  You are amazing!  Thank you that I am yours. Thank you that you created me, love me, and desire good things from me.  Thank you for everything you do for me.  Help me to express that constantly and always have praise for you on my lips.  Amen.

“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.  My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; the humble shall hear of it and be glad.  Oh magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.  I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”  Psalm 34: 1-4

Nikki Rasmussen

Nikki is the mother to four and she loves spending as much time as she can get with her greatest blessings.  Together, Tim and Nikki make their home in Tacoma, Washington, a long leap from her home state of North Dakota.  Nikki is a graduate of Trinity Bible College and about to start her Master’s program through the University of Texas at Arlington. “On the day you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced.  Live your life in such a way that on the day you die, the world cries and you rejoice.” ~Author Unknown
Nikki is the mother to four and she loves spending as much time as she can get with her greatest blessings. Together, Tim and Nikki make their home in Tacoma, Washington, a long leap from her home state of North Dakota. Nikki is a graduate of Trinity Bible College and about to start her Master’s program through the University of Texas at Arlington. “On the day you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a way that on the day you die, the world cries and you rejoice.” ~Author Unknown

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