April 11- Bless the Lord at All Times

David’s praise and refuge were in the Lord even when Saul pursued him to take his life.  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.”   It was easy to contemplate this psalm of praise in the spring of 2012 when I was at a weekend silent retreat and the nature surrounding me was majestic.  Brilliant peacocks were climbing deep scented pine trees and it seemed natural to boast in the Lord who created such variety.  But weeks later when I read the verse, copied into a friend’s prayer letter, my head was throbbing with a headache in time with the computer’s cursor.  Yet the same God is Lord of all and like the psalmist I’m called to bless Him at all times.

In Hebrew, David’s language, Psalm 34 is an acrostic poem and each verse begins with the letters of the alphabet in order like A, B, C, etc.  The poem is a wonderful lesson to always praise the Lord and it concludes in confidence that God’s servants will be redeemed.  On the good days and on the days that are harder, Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!”  

David found this to be true so he shared it with us in song.  Have we tasted the goodness of God for ourselves?  Do those around us get a taste of His goodness from us?  May His praise be in our mouth as we boast in Him alone.   He is our place of retreat, of refuge, and we are blessed when we go to Him at all times.  

Psalm 34:1-2, 8 ESV