Develop a “Continuous” attitude for praises and thanksgiving
I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. (Psalm 34:1)
David was a serene man whom the Lord loved most because he possessed an attitude which always got God’s attention. He heartily attributed God of His divine accolades and publicly said them. He never shied away from telling the people of God what the Lord had done for him. This provoked him to say, “The praises of God shall continually be in his mouth.”
David did not say the praise of God shall be in his mouth “often” or “periodically” but “continually”. This suggests that David settled in his heart, that, “no external factor could affect the praises of God in his life.”
David was faced with adversaries and battles which even sought to take his life. He was no stranger to the horror of life but decided nothing was fit enough to erode the praises of God in his mouth. In 1 Samuel 20:3, he attested to how he was close to death and in 1 Samuel 30, he had to comfort himself when his own people decided to kill him.
The writer of Hebrews assayed the words of the Psalmist, when he said, “By him therefore let us offer sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name”. (Hebrews 13:15).
Praises is seen as a sacrifice by Paul and he advocates believers to continually offer it because that is the fruit of the lips.