February 4, 2018
Psalms 34:1-3… I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together!
I made this commitment to the Lord when I was a young man. I purposed to bless the Lord at all times. Through the years, I have found that sometimes it is not easy. When it is not easy, it is most important.
Today is Super Bowl Sunday. Today, the two ‘best’ professional football teams play for the championship. One team will win and the other will lose. It is easy to cheer for the winning team; it is not as easy to cheer for the losing team. That gives a picture of how it is to praise the Lord in hard times. But, the scripture doesn’t differentiate between hard times and good times; it says, “All times.” Using the lame football analogy, can I just say, “The Lord wins at the end of the age.” But on a daily schedule, it may not always look like it. One thing we can count on… The Lord always has a plan and He is always working that plan. Do you trust Him about that? The U.S. military does not win the battle; God does. When the world is beating you up, God is still in control and still winning. The world beat Jesus up, or so it thought; but that moment proved to be God’s biggest victory. When we bless the Lord we are saying, “I believe, and I trust.”
“I will trust the Lord at all times.” That is prerequisite to blessing Him at all times. Let your mind go there. Speak it… “I trust the Lord at all times.”
“My soul makes its boast in thee, lord.” My soul is the part of me that lives in eternity. When my body can’t see the glory of the Lord, my soul can.
I serve a risen Savior; He gives me life. When you serve Him, the wages of that job is life. He doesn’t pay in money which can go away; He pays in life, which is eternal.
Knowing God is difficult to grasp. He is so awesome and beyond reality. Is it any wonder that people have trouble knowing Him? It requires different sets of measurements. ‘Trust’ is a measurement of knowing. In the last several mornings, we have read that ‘fear’ is also a measurement of knowing God. Fear and trust… then, we can bless the Lord at all times.