We have all come across someone who complains. No matter what good things are in their life, they tend to focus on the bad. Psalm 34 sheds light on this sinful impulse that is within all of us.

“I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth” (v.1).
How can we praise the Lord continually? Through hardship, sorrow and all that life throws at us. The rest of the chapter unpacks how and why we can praise God constantly as we journey through life.

Notice verse 5, a specific kind of rejoicing in the Lord.
“Those who look to him are radiant” (v.5).
Have you ever met a man or woman who was radiant? I’m talking about something far deeper than physical attractiveness or healthiness. Have you spent time with someone who had an undeniable glow, and you knew it was because they had lived a life of looking to the Lord?  

Circumstantial adversity will no longer send your life into emotional turmoil when you look to the Lord. In other words when you locate your inner calm and security in God instead of your own control of circumstances; the anxieties that clutch at your heart lose their tight grip.  

As I read Psalm 34, I noticed how the psalmist speaks about the abundant provision and care the Lord has for us. “I sought the Lord, and he answered me” (v.4).
“He protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.” (v. 20).
We are a part of Christ’s body, and He loves to take care of we who are a part of His very being. “The Lord will rescue his servants; no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.” (v. 22). God hears us and not only that, but He answers! How remarkable is He! This is true in times when you are downcast and brokenhearted.
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (v.18).
We do not serve an impassive God who is distant and removed from our distresses and weaknesses. Christ draws near to us.  

The Lord Jesus knows what it is to be crushed in spirit. He has shared in our suffering and has endured everything we do, except sin (Heb 4:15).  
Enjoy life with Christ. Abide in Him. Delight in His presence. Look to Him.  

Become Radiant. (2 Cor. 3:18). Let us praise Him!

by Abby McMeans, Worship Assistant

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