Making the best out of the situation
I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together. Psalm 34:1-3 NIV
This portion of the Scripture was written when life was difficult for David. He was on the run because of the threat of being killed by King Saul. To protect himself, he sought refuge among the Philistines. Though the situation was difficult because he was with people who were not in good terms with Israelites, he maintained a positive attitude. Such attitude was reflected from the text. In the midst of the difficult situation, David decided to “extol the Lord at all times.” The word “extol” also means “magnify.” If we magnify something we make it larger or greater. David desired to make the Lord greater to all those around him. To extol is to lift up. He desired to lift up the name of God, to place it, as it were, on a pedestal so all around might easily see it. Our attitude will determine our emotions. David had a clear grasped of God’s provisions and this was reflected in his emotions. “I will glory in the Lord.” If we will have this kind of attitude as David had, our attitude will spread to others; “let the afflicted hear and rejoice.” Our attitude will be contagious. Others will see how we exalt the Lord in spite of our circumstances and that they too will praise the Lord. We must not underestimate the importance of our attitudes. God wants us to show to others that they can find refuge in God. Let us be aware of our attitudes and realize that God can use them to invite others so that they too will see that God is good. “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him” (Psalm 34:8).