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I will extol the Lord at all times;
    his praise will always be on my lips.
I will glory in the Lord;
    let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
Glorify the Lord with me;
    let us exalt his name together.

I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
    he delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant;
    their faces are never covered with shame.
This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
    he saved him out of all his troubles.

~Psalm 34:1-6~

Just let the words of this passage sink in for a moment…

This is a Psalm of David made to the Lord, about how honorable and praiseworthy He is. It is a Psalm of happiness; a Psalm of compliment; it is a Psalm that all people can hear of and rejoice with together.

It is a Psalm that all of God’s children should have in their hearts!

The first two verses are reminiscent of the apostle Paul and his words in the passage of (Galatians , 6:14)  where we read: But as for me, may I never boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Paul praises Jesus the Savior in much the same way as David extols God the Father. Both have great joy in their hearts as they share with us the delight of being God’s children. This is a blessing which only the faithful of God can fully comprehend.

The life of a believer should be one of humbleness and a kind, gentle spirit before our fellow-man. Our actions are trained by the humility of Christ, as are our thoughts. Our words are seasoned with the “salt” of the word. We are slow to anger, and slow to speak, yet quick to forgive, as we represent the Lord God Almighty on this earth.

But there is great jubilation in our hearts concerning our Lord! He has given His beloved followers grace for their sins, in the past, present, and future. And as we walk with Him in fellowship, loving others as best we can, we should have elation and hope about our lives…even to the point of “boasting” in the Lord for how much He loves us!

This happiness continues into verses 3-4, as David encourages all of us to glorify and exalt the name of our God of love. For every one who has come to Him should find rest and peace, as His promises fill our souls. For all who call upon the name of the Lord will be received by Him, and He will deliver us from our fears and woes.

Surely, however, we realize that trials will still come to us in this life. But we have the strength of the Lord to lean upon and to help get us through our problems with His divine help. We can ask for peace and comfort as children of this wonderful Lord and Savior, and He will deliver it to us, according to His will!

So true and faithful are the promises of the Father to His believers, it can show on our faces as we turn to Him in trust. David assures us of this in verses 5-6, testifying to the fact that he called upon the Lord, (many times as we know), and God delivered him out of his numerous dire straits.

As his followers today, we can be soothed by the compassion which the Lord still affords His own. Our trials can be more bearable, as we understand and rely on the fact that our Father is always working for our overall good, (Romans 8:28). We may be called to sadness and heartache at times, but as long as we do not lose this faith, we will be the better for it in the end.

ILet us always remember that n all things we are more than conquerors, (Romans 8:37)! May we learn to be as happy as David, and as content as Paul in our relationship with the Lord. Let us adorne our Lord above each and every day of our Christian lives, as He is more than worthy!

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