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09/12/2008

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"I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. My soul will boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together" (Ps. 34:1-3).

Frances Jane Crosby (Fanny J. to us) was born in 1820 and died in 1915. She may have been the most prolific hymn writer of all time, having penned over 8,000 of them. One of the most fascinating aspects of this is that she was totally blind. This is what she said about her blindness and hymn writing. "it seemed intended by the blessed providence of God that I should be blind all my life, and I thank Him for the dispensation. If perfect earthly sight were offered to me tomorrow I would not accept it. I might not have sung hymns to the praise of God if I had been distracted by the beautiful and interesting things about me."

As it is with many of the Psalms, this one (34) is about the praise of God. We praise God when we allow our hearts to be filled with His blessings, until they overflow. We can see in this Psalm that King David is not in the best of conditions. He had just pretended to be insane before King Abimelech, and was driven off. Yet in this time of turmoil he said, "I will extol the Lord at ALL times." To me, this means that under just about any conditions, praise of the Lord should be on our lips. David was in exile and was still giving praise to the Lord. "I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will ALWAYS be on my lips.

When we are in real communion with God, we will want to praise Him. Praise Him under all circumstances. The praise that flows from our lips are the overflow of our hearts.

Later in the Psalm David writes, "The righteous cry out and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles (v17)....A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers them from all." (v19)

When we gather together as a body we get to fulfill the last part of today's verse. "Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together." We just can't praise our Lord enough.....At all times....in all ways...

Have a great Friday...Let your light shine for Him Love mark Phil. 4:11

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