Fresh new snow, serene surroundings, soft breeze, sensitive to the quietness, eyes closed, contemplating Psalm 34:1-22. God has given us another new year to carve out time for reflection/meditation on His Word. The days go quickly; don’t miss your appointment(s) with Jesus. I encourage you to carefully reflect on Psalm 34:1-22 it will bring you into a deeper understanding of the love of God. Matthew Henry stated this, “If we hope to spend eternity in praising God, it is fit that we should spend much of our time here in this work.” (http://biblehub.com/commentaries/mhc/psalms/34.htm
In one of his writings C.H. Spurgeon writes “Surely He is present now for He always comes to hearts that need Him” (morning and evening, C.H. Spurgeon). Do you need Jesus? Ah, what a question you say! I know I do, and responding to Him through praise before we do anything else is the reason it makes “every circumstance of our lives complete, essential, and eminently worthwhile.” (http://www.allaboutgod.com/praising-god.htm).
After I read Psalm 34:1-22 I wrote out some questions;
- How/what ways can I use to extol you at all times?
- How can my praise always be on my lips?
I wrote these simple answers: Possibly through music, notes I write to others, heart, mind and actions; conversations with others – especially believers; it is so easy to talk about TV programs, weather; let’s talk about Jesus and what he is doing our lives? Please take time to put some thought to answering the two questions. It will …..“Renew a steadfast spirit in you” (psalm 51:10) here are some great verses to remind you ….who, how and where to offer praise to God ~ in other words the answer to #1 & #2 above.
- “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD,”states Psalm 150:6.
- “Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands” (Psalm 63:3-4).
- “Praise the LORD, all you servants of the LORD who minister by night in the house of the LORD. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the LORD” (Psalm 134:1-2).
I will “wrap-up” our visit with this quote; (I think you could add Praise/praising).
Lord bring us together to praise you today to extol you at all times with high praise on our tongues.