One of the “most sung” worship songs during my teens, and one of my favorites, was from the first four verses of Psalm 34. “I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth” (Psalm 34:1 ESV). I love that it is an act of my will, and I love that words of blessing and praise cancel out anything less savory that might escape my lips.
And why do I choose to praise him? For one thing, it brings us in our differences together in unity. For another, he has done so much for us.
“My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.” (verses 2-4).
What’s in your mouth?
“What man is there who desires life and loves many days, that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it” (verses 12-14).
These scriptures are promising that if I keep my tongue from evil and deceitful words, turn my attention away from evil, do what is good, and run after peace, it will give me life and good stuff. This will require continual vigilance, so I will use my tongue to bless the Lord.
by Kathy Sheldon Davis