I will bless the Lord or will I? ~ Psalm 34:1

I will bless the Lord at all times and His praises shall continually be in my mouth – Psalm 34:1 (NRSV).


Let’s break it down in another way…

I will bless [exalt] the Lord at all [not some of the time, not whenever I feel like it, or when my situation is favourable] times and His praises shall continually [consistently, daily] be in my mouth.

It makes me think how often do I bless [exalt, thank, lift up His name] at all times?

What is continually in my mouth? Do I honour Him? Do I thank Him?  Do I worship Him?

Another way to say it…What words leave my lips more often?

If we’re honest, there are moments where we don’t feel like it and that will happen.

We’re all human and we live in a fallen world. As Christians, we have a choice to either walk according to the flesh or walk according to the Spirit.

Even though our hope is in Jesus, and we have the promise of eternal life. Until He returns, we still have to go through trials, overcome temptations, face persecutions, resist the devil and walk this narrow path. We are all running this race. We’re all looking to Jesus (even though sometimes our eyes may wander and focus on things…).

Sometimes His praises aren’t always on our lips. It may be that praising Him is the furthest thing on your mind right now.

Instead of “…His praises will continually be in my mouth”

It may be that your complaints, your doubts, your fears, your grumbling, murmuring, discontentment, disappointments, your worries, your questions and other ways to express your feelings are continually in your mouth.

The first two words of Psalm 34:1 says “I will…”


It doesn’t say, “will I?” “will I bless the Lord at all times?”


Psalm 34:1 starts with “I will…”.


“I will” is a choice.


Even though my flesh may fail me – I will bless the Lord.

In those moments where I may feel like giving up and my hope may waver – I will bless the Lord.

Whether I’m on the mountaintop or in the valley. Whether it’s early in the morning or late at night – I will bless the Lord.

Sometimes our own fleshly desires get in the way of pleasing God and we may not delight in His presence as much as we know we should –

It sounds so easy, but it isn’t and that is why I’m encouraged by David.
David wrote the Psalms. He was a man after God’s own heart, anointed, a worshipper but he was also human. He laughed, cried, grieved, lamented but even so, he still knew that God was still God. God had never left him.

God is the only constant thing in this ever-changing life.

I will bless the Lord is a choice. I’m making a choice to exalt God above all things and worship Him only. It may challenge your feelings and emotions. You may wrestle (unknowingly) with the truth of His word which is hidden in your heart. There may be an inner tug of war and that’s where we need to come before Him and surrender.

It’s not easy and that’s why we have the Holy Spirit within us who will guide us because we can’t do this by ourselves. Our human strength can only take us so far but in our moments of weakness, His grace is sufficient, and His power is made perfect (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). Be honest with God, He’s your Father and He knows where you are in your journey. He loves you.

He will give us the strength we need. He is everlasting and He doesn’t grow faint or weary (Isaiah 40:28).

God bless,

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