September 22, 2020
Psalm 34:1 (KJB) A Psalm of David, when he changed his behaviour before Abimelech; who drove him away, and he departed. I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
David understood that no matter what experiences or state of affairs was at work about him, he could and would continuously praise God. This statement recorded concerning David is true despite the cruel behavior he received from his brother Abimelech, David chose to treat his relationship with his brother as first-class. In other words, David did not stoop to mirror Abimelech’s level of conduct; instead, he handled him as he would want to be treated if the roles were reversed. This special care included issuing lots of praise and thankfulness rather than emitting bitter words he would later regret.
Nothing has changed today, God desires our prayer and praise, and we need His blessings. Not only that, but God expects us to treat both our enemies and our spiritual family with care, just as if it is God Himself, we are dealing with on this earth.
Indeed, as you treat others with consideration, doing so will please God and open up blessings from Him in your life.
The sound of continuous praise both pleases God and often softens the edge of our enemies. Be like David, who chose to maintain a pleasant attitude towards his brother though Abimelech tried to drive him away. Sincere praise comes from the heart, as t did with David, and flows liberally, despite our state of affairs in this world.
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