Monday, February 27, 2012

Continually, and at all times.

"I will bless the LORD at all times;
    his praise shall continually be in my mouth."
      -Psalm 34:1

This canticle strikes a chord that is foreign to the natural heart. It goes against our grains. The canticle of our natural heart sings, "I will complain at all times, discontent shall continually be in my mouth." But this song boasts a different rhythm, one that will change our whole life if we let it. The language of discontent resonates so easily with us, because we see nothing around us to be content. The world as we see it is one that does not satisfy. The language of David can only be embraced by shifting our focus, away from the discontent with this world, to complete satisfaction in the finished work of Christ. As we live our life with Cross-focused eyes, the chords of Psalm 34 start to reverberate in our souls. This business of blessing Him at all times, becomes something that we pursue instead of something we flee from. The evangel message, the life changing message of the Cross, proclaims not only forgiveness of sins, but also the ability to be content. The gospel gives us the ability to embrace a life of praise, continually and at all times.

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