Psalm 34:1-3 – “I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul will make its boast in the LORD; The humble will hear it and rejoice. 3 O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together.” NASU
I suggest reading the entire Psalm, but this text will give us the springboard to plunge into this thought that is echoing in my heart and mind. This is an incredibly interesting Psalm, especially so, in light of my title for this devotional. If that statement can be relied upon this Psalm is invaluable.
As I review what was happening at the time of this Psalm, I discover that David’s fortunes were at their lowest ebb. He had fled from Saul who sought to take his life. He sought refuge with Achish but was disappointed. He was now a fugitive, an outlaw, a dweller in the dens and caves of the earth. What a picture of the future king of Israel and the man God said was a man after His own heart. How low can one sink before they rise? He does not yet have a large body of followers and I’m sure his heart and mind are wrestling with what he believed to be God’s purpose for his life.
Yet in all this, his praise is continually in his mouth. The word continually must be understood as either every day or many times a day. Here in the midst of incredible adversity, David’s focus is on the solution, not the situation! How we fail on this point. David saw the answer rather than the affliction. He recognized God and His relationship with him.
If we, Christians, would give careful examination of this Psalm we would find an incredible secret or key to Spiritual Victory that many never find. Unfortunately, a very large segment of professing Christians is suffering from a satanically inspired attitude problem. What is that? Defeatism and Negativism. Their thinking suffers enormously, and their speaking reflects their thinking. They live, think, and speak negatively, critically, and with a defeatist mentality.
There is great danger in focusing upon what the devil is doing rather than what God has done and is doing. I have observed that there are times when people will unknowingly permit themselves to fall into the trap of the evil one and by doing so defeat their own purpose before it begins. They have it backward and that is incredibly sad.
I have encountered people who spend a significant amount of their time wondering or fearing what the devil is going to do to them. Fellow believers, we belong to God, the question is not what the devil is going to do to us, but what we, through the power of the Holy Spirit are going to do to him.
In verse one there is a major element in our victory. That is to Focus on God in all things, at all times, and continually! Psalm 100:4 instructs us to, “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.” Focus on the Person of God, the Protection of God, the Provision of God, and the Power of God. Those are elements that need to become a daily part of our lives.
He is the one and only one truly worthy of all praise! David, in this Psalm, has begun to fill his thinking and his speaking with the victorious things of God. In verses 3-7 he speaks of God’s Glory, not the devil’s work. In verses, 4,10,15,19, he speaks of the Spiritual victory through God not the hindrances of the devil. I am convinced that for any believer to enjoy the abundant life and total victory God desires for us we must see God correctly. He is completely sovereign, the creator, and all powerful. We must see ourselves correctly. We are completely dependent on God for in Him we live and move and have our being. We must see the relationship between God and man correctly. We are Children of the Father! Never forget that reality and truth!
In Romans 8:37 we are told that we overwhelmingly conquer through Jesus. In 1 John 4:4 we are told that we are to live “as He is in this world.” How is Jesus now? He is victorious. Who is God? He is Father, Creator, Deliverer, Provider, Protector, and much, much, more.
I will pause here and pick this up in the next devotion as we focus beyond the Person of God to the Protection of God and His Provision.
God bless you as you enjoy the victories of this day in Jesus!