“I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul shall make its boast in the Lord;
The humble shall hear of it and be glad.
Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
And let us exalt His name together.”
Do you know that David wrote Psalm 34 during one of the darkest moments in his life? Not only was he running away from Saul, he was forced to act like a madman in Philistia just to preserve his life. The circumstances surrounding him were downright gloomy.
But David’s response was truly amazing.
Right in that desolate state, attacked and pressed on all sides, David chose to worship and praise the Lord.
In fact, God’s Word reveals to us that whenever David was in trouble, he would turn his eyes to the heavens and lift up his voice to worship the Lord with psalms and praises (for example Ps 28, 57, and 63). And each time, God would deliver him out of his troubles.
Beloved, worship is powerful.
I believe our heavenly Father loves it when, of all the things we can do under any circumstance, we choose to come to Him as we are and choose to celebrate His presence, His goodness, and His love in our lives.
And something happens to us when we draw near to Him and focus on His magnificent love, His majesty, and His incomparable grace: We are forever changed and transformed in His presence.
In that place of intimacy and dependence on Him, we find Him giving to us, imparting His divine health, life, wisdom, and power into our lives. I’ve seen this time and time again, whether in my own personal time of worshipping the Lord, or when we worship Him corporately as a church on Sundays.
Many times, in those settings, I’ve seen Him unable to help Himself but pour His gifts of healing upon His people—for the smallest condition to long-term and even terminal cases. I’ve seen them come discouraged, at the end of their rope—and leave hearts refreshed, bodies rejuvenated, minds strengthened, and youth renewed.
Today, I want to challenge you to live life like David, whom God describes as “a man after My own heart” (Acts 13:22). He was so hungry for the Lord’s presence that he built the tabernacle of David, that had no ritualistic or religious procedures, just direct access to God 24/7. And the people would see their king there, singing to the Lord, or kneeling or dancing before Him.
Let’s be people who really treasure the presence of God and not just His blessings.
In good times and in valley moments, may we learn to keep seeking and magnifying His presence. May we ask Him for a greater revelation of His love for us, and delight in worshipping and praising His lovely name.
I pray that as your heart becomes consumed with Jesus, you will see Him become your glory and the lifter of your head. And as David did, you will see Him turn your circumstances around to give you many good days!