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Don't Worry, Be Happy!

"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."

Psalm 34:1-3

Here in Psalm 34 David maps out the clear way which every child of God should approach the day… any day. No matter what we are facing, regardless of the circumstances we might be enduring, the call remains the same. We are called to praise. David here seems to be in dire straights yet he remains steadfast in his devotion to the Lord. This is one of my favorite Psalms in the entire bible and has been quickened to my own heart on more than one occasion when going through what seem to be my darkest hours or difficult days. In those moments each of us has a choice to me, do I succumb to worry or heed the call to worship? 

I have had to decide more than once myself and I can tell you the roads lead in opposite directions. Worry always, 100% of the time drags me down where as worship 100% of the time lifts me up! David's words here have served as my own prayer many times and become the declaration of my own mouth when my current situation would dictate otherwise. I encourage you to make the words of Psalm 34 yours too. The blessings are bountiful for sure! There is something about singing God's praise that lifts even the most discouraged heart to higher ground. 

Worry or worship… doubt or devotion… you and I are left to choose. In and out of season as believers we are called to be prepared to testify of the goodness of our God. Psalm 20:7 reminds us "Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the LORD our God". From the very depth of David's soul he chooses to make his boast in the Lord and it's obvious David's devotion is more than skin deep. David's love for God comes from the very core of his being and he lives to sing His praises…at all times. Try it the next time you feel anxious and are being drawn to worry. Instead of being pulled down, begin to sing God's praises and see for yourself how worship lifts you up. 

David's life serves as a testimony that when we "will " to worship the Lord our burdens are lifted and the pressures of this life are replaced by peace, gloom by gladness, despair by delight. If you are under pressure today and it seems as if life is crashing down upon you let me encourage you to seek the Lord, beloved, and cry out to Him, start to sing. God hears, He is listening and is ready to respond. Notice what verses 4-7 say, "I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces were not ashamed. This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them." What promises to those that seek after God. 

Keep reading Psalm 34 and your heart will be strengthened to know… "Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him. The young lions lack and suffer hunger; but those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing." It's true, friend, "For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him…" Like David, lets choose to worship the Lord by singing His praises instead of worrying about things we have no control over. Give your best effort to what you can do and not to those things you have no control over. Put your hope in God, friend, and you will not be disappointed!

"The Lord redeems the soul of His servants, and none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned."

Psalm 34:22 


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