At All Times

Following the exhortation from David in Psalm 34 and elsewhere, I will bless the Lord at all times.

At times in life I cannot find in the words of others the encouragement and undergirding that I am seeking.  At such times, I find that I must be like David and “encourage myself in the Lord.” Often I will compose a psalm or poetic response to express some of the deepest yearnings of my soul.  One such poem, an all-occasion piece that I thought of today, is “At All Times.” A comforting statement precedes a series short exhortations regarding the times we encounter:

If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.

 

In happy moments, praise God.

In difficult moments, seek God.

In quiet moments, worship God.

In painful moments, trust God.

In every moment, thank God.

 

                 At All Times

I will bless the Lord at all times,

 His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

                        Psalm 34:1

When I see God’s goodness and mercy follow me,

As I savor the ecstasy of victory,

When joy overflows and floods my soul, I will praise God.

When gripped by the devices of this transient life

And caught in the straits of rising conflict and strife,

During these difficult moments, I will seek God.

When I long to abide within a tranquil mood

And linger in moments of sweetest quietude,

From the depths of my soul, I will worship God.

Despite raging seas, stormy winds and blinding rain,

When protracted pain strikes like a knife and numbs my brain

So that I can scarcely scream your name, I will trust God.

All along life’s journey, no matter the season,

Through every why and wherefore, for every reason

Every moment I draw breath, I will thank God.

I seek the Lord and ask myself, “What shall I do?”

“Give thanks: it is God’s will in Christ concerning you.”

“Give thanks: it is God’s will in Christ concerning you.”

 The title of the poem and the introductory verse from Psalm 34 bring to mind the joyful song of praise from Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Choir

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