I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth (Ps. 34:1 KJV)
King David wrote the Psalm above at a time when King Saul was chasing him from city to city to destroy him. In his distress, David said, “ I will bless the LORD all times.” I will quickly point out a few things about the terms “bless” and “all times” as used in this scripture.
We are more familiar with God blessing us, by conferring a good thing upon us. What does it mean for us to bless God? It is obvious it does not carry the same meaning as when the Lord blesses us. The meaning is seen in the second part of the verse. It has to do with giving praise, adoration, and honour to the Lord. When you bless the Lord, you are praising, worshipping or adoring Him.
David said he will bless the LORD at all times. When we consider time as chronological here, it means “always” or “continually” as is seen in the second part. It implies at all times during the day, 24/7. Figuratively, the times here also applies to the season of David’s life. It was a season of adversity and trouble for Him. He chose to bless the Lord at a time in his life when praise is difficult to find in our mouth. He had learned to bless the Lord at all times, whether in adversity or prosperity.
Let this mindset be in you. Develop a habit of blessing the Lord continually. It is an essential habit if you have to cater to the presence of God that dwells in you.
What is the difference in meaning of the word “bless” in reference to us and to God as discussed above?
APPLY THE WORD
Have you cultivated a habit of praising, worshipping or thanking the Lord continually? It has nothing to do with a church service or your prayer time. It has to do with a habit of personally blessing Him anywhere, anytime. Get busy!
Ask the Spirit to help you develop a habit of praising the Lord continually in your life.