January 25 | Psalm 34:1-3
“I will bless the Lord at all times; is praise will continually be in my mouth. My soul boasts in the Lord; let the humble hear and rejoice. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. ” (Psalm 34:1–3)
The vast difference in elevation from mountain to valley astonishes me. I once visited the Grand Canyon. My dad and I walked six miles around the basin at the top. The view didn’t change at all! God has made so many vast and impressive natural features in his creation.
Some compare the Christian life to mountains and valleys. Like Elijah, we can have spiritual victory and blessing on the mountaintop of Mount Carmel, and be in the valley of depression in the wilderness the next.
Whether David was on the mountain of God’s blessing or in the valley of decision, he refused to keep his mouth shut when it came to glorifying God. He chose before blessing and trial came to glorify God no matter what.
Along with keeping silent, David refused to let others remain silent around him. There’s something about worshiping the Lord with other saints. We spur one another on to glorify him for his great and glorious works.
Action Step: No matter what you face today, start your day out by deciding to praise the Lord through the day. Even in the worst of situations, lift your holy hands and praise the Lord for his blessings. Even in the valleys you can lift up a shout of praise for what he’s done on the mountaintops.
Jesus, I choose before this day begins, and I am faced with trials or blessings, to lift your name on high and glorify you. Thank you for my blessings. Thank you for the trials that strengthen my faith and character. You are worthy of my praise no matter my situation.