Psalm 34:1-3 NKJV
1 I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul shall make its boast in the Lord;
The humble shall hear of it and be glad.
Blessing the Lord is not limited to worshipping in church. In fact, it ought to permeate the believer’s life and being.
To bless the Lord is to praise and glorify Him. To bless the Lord is to talk about how good He is. Not only in solitude but in the midst of other people as well.
I will bless the Lord at all times. Here, I sense a very determined resolve of the psalmist David. We are not to merely talk about and agree with the importance to bless the Lord. We ought to make a personal decision and commitment that we ourselves will bless and praise the Lord. And we resolve to do this at all times – in every situation, under every circumstance, whether in or out of trials, in bright days of light and dark nights of fear. Blessing the Lord can never be stopped because there never will be a time when we have done enough of it. Therefore we will bless His Name at all times, never subject to seasons and conditions.
His praise shall continually be in my mouth. We do not praise and worship God just in our heart, but in our mouth too. Our thanksgiving and worship to the Lord must not be mute. God deserves all our blessing with our heart and our mouth, where we always think good thoughts of Him as well as telling the world about His goodness. Our lips ought to be always revealing the glory of God. A mouth filled with praises for the Lord always uplifts our soul and brings joy and hope to the hearts of others.
My soul shall make its boast in the Lord. Our praise of the Lord is not mere words of praise out of our mouth but the boasting and exalting of the Lord stems from our very heart and soul. We mean what we praise from the bottom of our heart before we even express our praise. We focus on God’s Personhood and attributes all the time that our heart is saturated and overwhelmed by His goodness, and words about His loving grace just flow out from our mouth.
The humble shall hear of it and be glad. Blessing the Lord must never be just done in our own closet of devotion or in a church service. Our praise must be heard by others. For these words of praise, they can richly comfort those who may not have known or experienced the goodness of Christ. We really ought to talk about the Lord’s goodness on purpose, so that the non-believers may have a taste of the goodness of our Lord Jesus Christ, and believers may be strengthened in their trust in God.
We see here that one obvious way that we bless and praise the Lord is with our lips, our voice. We desire to honor Christ because of who He is, what He has done, and what He has promised for the future.
We bless God also when we serve Him. All of humankind is created for the purpose of bringing glory and honor to God’s Name. It is a privilege and a responsibility that as followers of Christ, you and I give our time, energy and resources to serve our Lord and King and His House. Nothing in and of this world should limit our willingness to do God’s work and to grow His Kingdom, especially in the area of sharing Christ with others. Christ is honored when His followers speak boldly about His grace and His work. I really believe our testimonies of how God has saved and delivered us are an amazing form of praise that blesses God’s Name. When we tell others about the lovingkindness of God, it is like opening a bottle of sweet perfume that releases a beautiful and miraculous fragrance into the their hearts and lives.
Jesus Christ is worth more than any treasure this world offers. Loving Him and understanding what He has done for you and trusting His promises for the future should be all the motivation you need to bless and praise Him with your life. Let us not just sing in church, let us serve His Kingdom and share the Gospel. Bring many more people to be saved so that they too may be worshippers before the throne of our Lord and King Christ Jesus.
Join me in this prayer.
“Bless the Lord, O my soul. All that is within me, bless His Holy Name! Yes, Lord Jesus, I praise You and exalt You. Your love and Your faithfulness know no end and You deserve all praise and glory all the days of my life. Search my heart and cleanse me of all the things I have said and done recently where I have boasted in myself. I repent, O Lord, and I commit to from this point forth, speak words and do deeds that glorify only Your Name. Use me to bless the people around me as I bless Your Holy Name at all times. Let many lives come to know You as their Lord and Savior as I tell of Your goodness and share my testimonies. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”