Psalm 34:1 I will extol the Lord at all times, his praise will always be on my lips.
This psalm is a Prayer of Thanksgiving.
David wrote it during one of his most downcast and depressed times. But you wouldn’t think so to read the psalm.
David is hiding in a cave labeled as a “madman”.
He has been on the run as King Saul placed a contract over his life. To get as far away from Saul as possible he hides as close to the real enemy, the Philistines, as one can get. But David is captured and hauled before the king of the Philistines. Whether it’s a stroke of genius or not, David pretends to be a madman and he is released.
That’s when David pens this powerful psalm, revealing insights into the power of thanksgiving.
Look at some of the key lines of this psalm…
1 “I will extol… and praise the Lord at all times…”. Thanksgiving is a way of life. Whether on the mountain tops, or valley lows.
1 “I sought the Lord and he heard me…”. Jesus would often thank the Lord that He heard His prayers. David was thankful that the God of creation is a God who hears your prayers.
7 “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him and He delivers them”. David understood the power and the deliverance of the Lord. He understood coincidence has no part to play in the life of a believer; it is the deliverance of the Lord.
8 “Taste and see that the Lord is good…”. David invites you to a seat at the table of the Lord. You will not be disappointed nor go home hungry.
11 “Come my dear children and listen to me…”. It’s like David is pleading with you. He knows something about the Lord that comes through heart experience, not just knowledge.
15 “The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous”. This carries even more weight and power for believers today. For those who are in Christ, the eyes of the Lord watch over you day and night!
19 “The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all”. Jesus said that you would not live a trouble-free life. But He also promised the deliverance of the Lord through all of them.
“Thanksgiving” is the key of David.
He understood the Lord intimately but if there is one key you want to learn and practice from David’s life – it’s thanksgiving.
It’s the key to a sound mind and an established heart in the Lord. You will not become a victim of disappointment and regret. It is the key to breakthrough and deliverance. Every time you face a problem go to a place of thanksgiving and allow the power and deliverance of the Lord to fight all your battles for you.