“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; the humble shall hear of it and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.” Psalm 34:1–3
About six years ago I and my family moved from Massachusetts to Connecticut and in a little church in Waterbury I developed a friendship with a man named Wilbert Jones. I’ve enjoyed many friendships with church members over the years, some e friendships have crossed the boundary of friendship and have entered the realm of family. Wilbert was one of those special friendships for me.
Many times people hold back or put off telling others how they feel about them and how important they are to them, but Wilbert was one of those people that tried not to leave things that needed to be said unsaid. About once a month, sometimes more often, as we were greeting each other at church or when we were saying goodbye at the end of a service Wilbert would hug me and look me in the eye and say, “Pastor, you know I love you.”
When Wilbert said those words it felt to me like my grandfather, or my father, or my brother was saying them and I grew to look forward to hearing those words.
Wilbert had something else that he would say that I’ve never heard anyone else say. He”d be talking about all the things God was doing: caring for him and working his will in the world, and he would suddenly exclaim, “I’m so proud of my God!”
How often do you hear someone say that? “I’m so proud of my God!”
Psalm 34 is all about David boasting in the Lord. As you read those verses you can hear the pride David has for God in every verse.
“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; the humble shall hear of it and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.”
Too often we’re silent about things that ought to be something we’re continually talking about. Everyday we experience God’s grace as we enjoy his blessing and benefits. Everyday his protection shields us. Everyday we are provided for from the bounty of God’s storehouses. Everyday he gives us evidence that true happiness, prosperity, and joy come to us only from his hand. Everyday his goodness gives us reason to renew our praise.
Today let’s let the world know just how proud we are of our God.