Psalm 34 (June 21, 2011)

I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad.
Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!
(Psalm 34:1-3 ESV)

Ongoing Worship

David exalts the name of the Lord in dramatic ways in this Psalm. First, he declares that he will continually praise the Lord by using parallelism.

I will bless the LORD at all times

His praise shall continually be in my mouth

In both phrases he acknowledges that he will bless, or honor, or extol the name of the Lord continually. “At all times” really could read, “in every condition”. Second, David declares that his continual praise, or his praise in every condition comes from his soul, or as Calvin states, “The seat of the affections.” He is not offering lip service to God for his deliverance from the enemy. Rather, he offers a joyous boasting in the character of God. Notice again that he doesn’t attribute glory to himself, but he acknowledges that he is week or humble and that God is the one who deserves worship and glory. Third, David calls on others to join him in his worship of God. James Boice points out that corporate worship is one of the most natural instincts of the Christian and I think he is right. As we all walk with Christ, we long for the redeemed community to surround and support us in our journey and when we exalt Christ for his goodness, we enjoy having others join us.

Hope in the Psalms

Is continual praise a part of your Christian experience? Do you enjoy gathering with other believers to worship Christ and grow in him? Have you thought about becoming a part of a home group this fall?



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