Fighter Verse For July 5, 2015
I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together! –Psalm 34:1-3
Yesterday was my daughter Ali’s 16th birthday. Karie and I took her out to five different places. It was so very nice to spend this alone time with our special girl. One of her highlights was to be able to get a “double piercing” in each ear. She has waited a long time for this and the lady that pierced them did a wonderful job. The lady drew pen marks on Ali’s ears to show us where the new earrings would go. I am a stickler for strait lines and accuracy. I had the lady do over the pen lines three different times in order for them to be perfect. Each time I corrected the lady at the store, her countenance lightened instead of hardened. It was a sweet surprise. Karie told me it was probably because we loved on the lady and made things lighthearted. On the way home, Ali thanked me for doing what I did. She said that she would not have had the courage to correct the ear piercing lady. She said she was so very glad because the lady only would be looking at her ears one time, whereas Ali would need to see them for the rest of her life.
As we begin thinking through our fighter verse for the week, the first thing that stands out to me is David’s resolve. He does not suggest to us that he is going to try and find time to praise the Lord. He is not confused on how he might praise the Lord. Nor does he even say he is going to pray and ask God for the help and strength to offer praise. He simply and resolutely declares “I WILL BLESS THE LORD AT ALL TIMES; HIS PRAISE SHALL CONTINUALLY BE IN MY MOUTH.”
How many mornings do you spend declaring resolute statements like David did? Do you make it an optional thing to bless the Lord with your mouth every day? David was a man after God’s own heart. I think it pleases the Lord to have such resolute determination morning by morning as we seek to live each day in the light of his glory and grace.
I will bless the Lord with my mouth today.