“At All Times”

The first three verses of Psalm 34 constitute a call to worship. It is an invitation to praise the Lord. It beckons us to adopt an attitude of gratitude as a way of life. This attitude can be a tremendous blessing to us and for all who find themselves in our company.

The Psalmist has determined that everyday will be an opportunity for praising God for mercies and grace. Each day for the person of faith and for those who yearn for the presence of the Spirit of God in the world, is a worship experience of sorts. During this season of thanksgiving and advent we are afforded the occasion to intentionally remain in a place of peace and thankfulness. “I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

The attitude of gratitude is linked to the recollection of the good things God does for us and the many blessings consistently bestowed upon our lives. This holiday season we would do well to reflect on the good, not the bad, and remember the blessing of life, and not forget from whence we have come. “My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad.”

When we are dominated by a positive approach to life, even in the face of negative circumstances, we can be a big influence on others who also face some of the same challenges we do. Our sphere of influence is much larger than we know. We can bring to others an attitude of gratitude as well. We can share the joy, share the light, and share the love that we have as a result of our relationship with the Lord. “Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.”

Dumas Alexander Harshaw, Jr.