In Psalm 34, David kicks off with a ringing proclamation of his determination to bring praise to God, joined to a call for others to join him in the heart-song.
Did David suddenly come across some obscure point of theology that delighted his spirit? Was he caught up in some manufactured wave of emotion accompanied by wailing guitars and flashing lights?
No. His worship was based on his personal experience with the touch of God’s mighty hand – specifically, God’s deliverance.
“I sought the Lord and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears…this poor man cried and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all his troubles.” (Psalm 34:4,6)
David was being unjustly pursued by King Saul, who was descending into jealous madness. And, despite all odds, David was kept from harm through divine intervention, time and again.
Nobody worships God because of abstract appreciation of His excellent attributes. The wellspring of praise is personal, ongoing deliverance. Only supernatural intervention by God stirs our souls into heartfelt praise and adoration.
This is why the finest choral production of Handel’s Messiah by those who don’t believe the words they sing is but an empty clanging in the courts of heaven. One rescued soul, delivering thanks in an off-key and wavering voice, brings far more glory to God.
Has the Lord saved you from troubles? Has He promised you salvation from ALL evil, within and without? Does He touch you and bring about spiritual healing day by day, even in the smallest of increments? Meditate on that, and let your praise flow forth from a grateful heart.