I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Surely, Gracious God, You are worthy of my continual praise. Given all You have done for me, an endless chorus of gratitude wouldn’t begin to be enough. Yet, how easy it is for me to dismiss the thought of continual praise as some sort of unrealistic exaggeration, rather than as something to which I might truly aspire. Wouldn’t it be something, Lord, if I could learn to live with a consistent awareness of Your goodness, and thus with a ceaseless sense of gratitude?
As impossible as this seems, this is my prayer today. Help me, Lord, to be ceaselessly grateful. May Your praise be my first thought in the morning, and my last thought at night. Even today, dear Father, remind me of Your goodness again and again, so that I might bless You at all times. Amen.
“This, therefore, is a rule which should be observed by the saints – they should often all into rembrance whatever good has been bestowed upon them by God; but if at any time he should display his power more illustriously in preserving them from sone danger, so much the more does it become them earnestly to testify their gratitude. Now if by one benefit alone God lays us under obligation to himself all our life, so that we may never lawfully cease from setting forth his praises, how much more when he heaps upon us innumerable benefits?”
Commentary on Psalm 34
Sunset near Leakey, Texas