I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalm 34:1 (King James Version)
Yesterday was the start of Advent 2017. It’s the time we celebrate the coming of God’s Christ into the world. This should be a time of praise and thanksgiving as we remember…
However, with the mass commercialization of this Season, it’s easy for us to lose our praise. We can get so dulled by Madison Avenue and Hollywood’s hijacking the Advent Season that we lose sight of the Christ in our lives. Plus with what’s going on in our collective and individual lives, this can make praising God a challenge. In fact, we can get so jaded that we wonder if we still have our praise in our hearts.
Tonight’s Scripture is a declaration of the Psalmist’s constant and continuous praise of the Divine. According the Matthew Henry’s Commentary, this was David at a time when he was escaping King Saul’s angry pursuit of him. As you know (or don’t), David was chosen by God to be the future king of Israel after God rejected Saul. Saul was gunning for David and wanted him bumped off before he could assume the throne. During his sojourn, David eventually wound up in the land of the Philistines-going from the frying pan into the fire. However, we still see David with praise in his heart; whereas we would expect him to act the opposite. Despite being in a situation that would jade the heartiest of souls, David still declared his love and praise for the Divine.
As we await the coming of Christ, we cannot let all that’s going on keep us from praising God for His/Her gift to humanity. We cannot afford to lose our praise. We still can praise God and celebrate His/Her goodness to us. We can celebrate with joyful anticipation during this Advent Season.
Still got your praise? I hope so. Welcome to Advent 2017 Dear Readers.
(Image: Lone water bottle at Edison (NJ) Skatepark. October 8, 2017).