In the thirty-fourth Psalm we read words from the shepherd-king of Israel who had apparently learned the secret of praising God regardless of his circumstances. This is what he says in verse one, “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” What a great example for us to emulate from the very beginning of this New Year. In 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Paul says to the church “In everything give thanks …” Whether in adversity or victory give thanks! Thanks are expressions of gratitude, while praise acclaims, commends, and sings the praise of. Both heart and lips must be involved in worship that is acceptable with the Father! In Psalm 22 David rehearses or recites to God saying, “You are holy, Enthroned in (inhabiitest KJV) the praises of Israel” (Your people). This means that He sits down, dwells and remains there; so our praise and worship brings His presence into our circumstances and keeps His presence there, which brings joy, pleasure (Psalm 16:11), healing ((Luke 5:17), and everything we need!
-By Rose Hill
My mouth is very full of praise,
It shall pour forth all of my days.
His praise in my mouth continually,
Will always help the world to see,
That I from bondage am surely free.
I sought the Lord when in need,
And me from trouble He has freed.
O help me Lord to magnify,
Enter Your presence and draw nigh.
O taste and see the Lord is good,
And worship Him the way you should.
Yes seek the Lord and of Him require,
And He will hear and give your desire.
The eyes of the Lord are looking to see,
The righteous saint upon his knee.
When he for help to the Lord will cry,
The Lord delivers and to him draws nigh.
He is close when you are in sorrow,
And gives to you a better tomorrow.
So I will praise my God always,
Continually and all my days.
Scripture quotations are from the New King James Version copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson Co. used by permission.