I will always thank the Lord; I will never stop praising him. I will praise him for what he has done; may all who are oppressed listen and be glad! Proclaim with me the Lord’s greatness; let us praise his name together! Psalm 34:1-3
David used two words we are told not to use in an argument; always and never. This shows his deep resolve to focus on God and not his problems. Oh yes, David indeed had problems, more then most, but he was determined to praise Him regardless of what he saw with his eyes.
You see, praise was meant to magnify God above all else, but in the middle of the mess we face, we allow those things to be bigger. What we focus on grows. Wouldn’t it be great if we just tried doing things God’s way?
How about trying a new way this time with me? Focusing on your problem hasn’t helped it go away, has it? Today, every time you’re tempted to be discouraged because of what you’re going through, let’s just say, ‘Thank You Lord! Thank You for Jesus, who took all my sin, sickness, disease and lack so that I can walk in divine health and prosperity.’ Then create a list of what you have to be thankful for and run through that list each time you’re overwhelmed with your problem.
In fact, just give Him the problem! You weren’t meant to carry it anyway. Thank Him for the wisdom to deal with what you face and then trust Him to show you what to do, what to say, to be still or to go. He loves you so much! He’s just wanting you, as His child, to be at peace and know Him as Father.
Verse 22 of that same chapter tells us this; “The Lord will save his people; those who go to him for protection will be spared.” Remember that today as you go your way and trust in the Lord.