I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalm 34:1 (NKJV)
We are to praise the Lord not only when and because everything is alright or when we feel like but continually at all times.
The superscription or title at the head of this psalm says – A psalm of David when he pretended to be insane before Abimelech, who drove him out and he went away.
There’s a biblical text that’s most closely associated with Psalm 34’s superscription found in 1 Samuel 21:10-15. There, David fled from Saul and went to king Achish at Gath. But Achish was told by his servants about David’s details. David was therefore afraid for his life, so he pretended to be mad in order to hide his true identity.
Having escaped and fled from king Saul who wanted to kill him, David runs into enemy territory of the Philistines, he’s in danger, facing a life threatening situation. What does he do? He chooses to praise the Lord.
We can praise the Lord in spite of whatever contrary circumstances surrounding us.
Matter of fact it’s in the face of difficult trials that we should even turn our praise volume to max. What you focus on you magnify or praise. What you praise you empower to dominate and drive you.
When we keep on looking at, talking, complaining and crying about negative situations we are actually praising them. What is it that you’re making much of? For whatever you make much of you give or ascribe a significant amount of attention or importance to.
What you make much of will make you much like itself.
When you make much of trouble it will make you much like itself.
Make much of God, make much of his power, deliverance, provision and you’ll look, walk and live as such. In other words you’ll experience and express God, His power, deliverance, and provision.
Choose to praise the Lord in the face of trouble, whether sickness, famine, or danger, loss or death.