Thursday, January 10, 2019
1 I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. 2 I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. 3 Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together. 4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. 5 Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.
Throughout this month of January, our devotional scriptures are answering questions like, “Who is God?” and “What is God like?” Why should I have a relationship with God? What is God doing in my life? To look in the Bible, as this psalm is introduced it tells us that David wrote this psalm at a time when King Saul wanted to kill him, forcing David to run for his life. He had to beg for food and a sword from the priest Abimelech. He sought to form an alliance with a neighboring king but feared the worst when he was recognized, and pretended he was insane. You can read all about it in 1 Samuel chapter 21.
Now read these words again from this psalm. These are words written by one who trusts God implicitly. His life is far from good, but what we read are words of praise to the Lord. “I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.” He gives glory to God and asks that we exalt his name together. David knew that as he prayed, as he sought God’s guidance in tough situations, God answered. God delivered him from his fears. David’s future was just as dire, but David received from God the strength he needed to face his enemies.
So who is God? God is one who listens as we pray. God is glad when we seek him, and God gives us spiritual resources to deal with whatever hardships are before us. God delivers us from fear. God gives us the means to be radiant with gladness in the Lord. God will always be there as we trust in him. By faith, may God’s praise be always on our lips.
Loving God, forgive me that I whine about my troubles, as if I think to be a believer is to have a smooth and level path where I walk, without any boulders of hardship ahead. You never promised we would be trouble-free, but you do promise to be with us no matter what. Let me seek you and find in you all that I need to rejoice and give you praise – both today and every day of my life. Amen.