“I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (Psalms 34:1)
This is a very sobering thought to think that we, as His sons and daughters, are capable of being in constant praise to God. David said, “at all times.” Our minds seem to immediately bring forth negative thoughts to David’s statement. These may even be classified as excuses.
David said, “his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” The flesh says, How can this be? The flesh says, This is impossible; for there is no Child of God who can do this. Even the most holy and devoted saint is not in the praise mode “at all times.”
The title of this devotion is the question, “Can We Do It?” The answer is, Yes! The Children of God not only can do it; but they should do it; and they must do it. It should be and must be a way of life for the Children of God.
The problem with many Children of God today is that they are living in the flesh and not exercising the Power that lives within them, even Christ, who is the Power of God, living in them (Galatians 2:20).
Many Children of God live and walk and talk like the Children of Israel in the Wilderness Journey to the Promise Land in the Old Testament. They came out of Egypt (a type of the bondage of sin) by the Power of God, based on the shed blood being applied on the door posts and lintels of the houses of the Israelites (Exodus 12). (This is a type of Redemption in Christ (Ephesian 1:7); the shedding of blood; the proof of the death of the innocent in place of the guilty. Therefore, the application of the blood on the houses of the Israelites was a witness of the Atonement of Christ on the Cross being applied to the Spiritual Israel of God.)
And yet, even with Redemption; and the Revelation of who God was and is, and who they were and are – they yielded to the flesh and made one excuse after another. They finally fell in the Wilderness, and did not go into the Promise Land; with the exception of Joshua, Caleb, and the children 19 years and younger. They were servants (redeemed out of Egypt, or out of sin); but they were unprofitable servants.
This is the lot of the people who have Revelation but not Regeneration, or the Gift of the Holy Spirit; the Gift being the Holy Spirit Himself coming to dwell in the Child of God, whereby he cries “Abba, Father” (Romans 8:14-16).
When one lives in the flesh, his mind is not totally centered and submitted to Christ. But, when one is Born of the Sprit; he becomes a new creature, and old things are passed away, and behold all things become new (2 Corinthians 5:17). The “old man” is crucified; the “new man” is installed. This means he has a new will to please and serve God; and not himself and the fleshly desires of the old man (which is summed up in the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life) – because he has had the Love of God shed abroad in his heart by the Holy Ghost (Romans 5:5).
When this happens to a Child of God, he is in direct communion with Christ on a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week basis. He now has “the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:9-16). His mind is set on things above; and he seeks those things which are above:
“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.” (Colossians 3:1)
“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” (Colossians 3:2)
“For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:3)
“When Christ, who is our life…” (Colossians 3:4)
Christ is “our life,” He is our all in all. Because of the knowledge of Christ living in you, that you are His Temple (1 Corinthians 3:16); then you, from that moment on, are to glorify Christ in body and in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:9-20, especially verses 19-20).
In this process (called daily sanctification), you are in constant fellowship with Christ; “at all times” (morning, noon, evening, and even through the night).
As one Born of God, you must not yield to the flesh and live in doubt, fear, and unbelief; which leads to defeat. But you must understand that the Power of God, even God Himself, dwells in you, the believer. You are to live in His Victory:
“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” (1 John 5:4)
You are to walk in faith and diligently seek Him:
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
You are to study His Word (2 Timothy 2:15). And you must come out of this world’s philosophy; and give your body, soul, and spirit to God totally and completely (2 Corinthians 6:14-18; 10:3-5; Romans 12:-2; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27). And then you can say with David, “His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
Why? David gives the answer in Psalm 34:2a, “My soul shall make her boast in the LORD...” You will acknowledge that your Supply is in Him (Philippians 4:19); your Strength is in Him (Philippians 4:13; 2 Corinthians 12:9); and your Sufficiency is in Him (2 Corinthians 3:5).
Paul said in 1 Corinthians 4:7:
“For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?”
If you receive it, how can you boast in yourself? You can’t. Because life comes from God; our Sustenance and our Sustainment come from God. And also our Salvation comes from God, and not from any merit of our own.
Therefore the question: How can a Child of God bless the Lord “at all times”?
The answer: Because he is in Christ and Christ is in him “at all times,” from Regeneration forward. It is His Life we are living in our life (Romans 5:10, 17).
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
Read Psalms 34:4-22 and see the blessings and benefits from God to David: “I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears” (verse 4). This will cause you to say, “His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”
Then Can We (the Regenerated Children of God; those baptized by the Spirit into the Body of Christ) Do It? Yes, we can – because of Him living in us! Hallelujah!