June 14, 2014

I will praise the Lord at all times Day 8

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We are now looking at Psalm 34 from verse 1. At the top of this psalm in my Bible is written, and I quote, “A Psalm of David, regarding the time he pretended to be insane in front of Abimelech, who sent him away. David was at this time in fear of King Saul who wanted to kill him. He sought out Ashish (another name we believe for Abimelech. and jumped out of the frying pan into the fire as he was in danger from Abimelech. Do we do that in life? I often do. Why? Simply because I am not hearing from the Lord. I am not listening to Him either. We seem on occasion to have what we call selective hearing. Our Lord lays it out at all times for us to Listen to Him and obey Him in all things. That way we steer clear of trouble and problems that can overtake us.
Verse 1 of Psalm 34 says, “I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak His praises”. David at the point of writing this Psalm was in danger, in a real pickle if you like. His response was to say I will praise the Lord. Have you tried that beloved? When you are in a situation that you can’t seem to find a way out of. When you see a problem looming. When all around you is trying to ‘work out’ the problem and you stand and watch. This, beloved, is the time surely when we follow the example of David and praise the Lord with all that is in us. Have you ever found yourself in a situation where the last thing you wanted to do was to give praise to the King of Kings? I was leading worship at the church I attended some years ago and on arriving at church I realised that I was not in the right place to be leading the ‘flock’ into praise and worship. I spoke emphatically to the elder in charge of worship. His response was to say to me,
“Now is the time when you must lead worship. Just do it and see what the Lord will do..
I followed his advice and began to lead worship. I had pre planned about 6 songs for this time of worship. The band was aware of the songs chosen. I tried to play the first few chords on the grand piano. I couldn’t. I started to cry. The tears cascading down my face as my fingers moved to another song that had not been chosen. I played the notes with the band playing behind me. I sang and sang with these tears still getting in the way. Before long I was seeing and hearing people from the congregation weeping before the Lord. Some were on their knees as we entered into the Holy of Holies. I can say with true conviction it was one of the most beautiful times of worship I have ever witnessed. Why? Because I for one made the decision to push through when I felt I wasn’t worthy. Beloved we are all worthy of worship and praise, all of us. Let’s commit to being as David did in this Psalm to ‘Praise God at all times”, and in all circumstances.
A prayer: Father, You know my heart. You know when I come and go. You know everything about me. I pray in the name of Jesus that You help me to worship and praise You in all things and all circumstances. I give You the praise and honour You deserve Lord. Bless Your Holy name. Amen

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