I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. I will glory in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together. – Psalm 34:1-3
David was one happy psalmist when he wrote these words! God had once again answered David’s prayers for deliverance from his enemies. And David was filled with overwhelming joy and thanksgiving for God’s love, mercies and goodness. David was extolling the Lord!
What does that mean? Extol is not a word I often use in my daily vocabulary. I understand the basic sense of it. And I like the sound of it. Extol is even kind of fun to say. So, being a word nerd, I wanted to know more precisely what the definition of extol is. Got out my dictionary and happily looked it up. Because that’s what a word nerd does!
Extol: to praise somebody or something with great enthusiasm and admiration. Yep. I had the right understanding of the word. Now, it’s time to make sure I’m doing it!
Make sure I’m extolling my Lord at all times. When I take time to consciously get out of my own limited mindset – get out of my own way and, definitely, get over myself – and think about who my Lord truly is, the extolling flows freely.
For the LORD is [my] life… – Deuteronomy 30:20
And over the years I have come to know the Lord or, rather, the Lord has revealed Himself to me as – my Creator, Savior, Rescuer, Forgiver, Renewer, Restorer, Protector, Defender, Healer, Help, Hope, Joy, Peace, Strength, Courage, Conqueror, Calm, Wisdom, Anchor, Abba, Light, Shepherd, Grace-giver, Truth-bringer, my balance – my Life. And, oh, so very much more!
And as I extol my Lord for who He is and for the ways He has made Himself known, I want my lips to be praising Him always. I want my soul to be boasting in my Lord at all times. I want the afflicted to hear and rejoice, because I have been one of the afflicted – through abuse and rejection, through hard times and illness, through loss and sadness. Yet! I have heard of and experienced the Lord’s love, mercies and goodness for myself. And I am rejoicing so thankfully!
You also have been one of the afflicted – at some time, in some way because we live in a broken and imperfect world among broken and imperfect people. My prayer is that you, too, have heard of and experienced for yourself our Lord’s love, mercies and goodness, and that, even today, you are rejoicing in our Lord!
No matter what our days may bring, since we know who our Lord is, let’s take time – with our thoughts, with our lips and with our souls – to extol, praise, boast in, glorify and exalt our Lord’s name forever! Let’s extol away!