By Shane Kastler
Before King David was “King” he was simply “David.” The youngest son of a man named Jesse; David initially achieved fame by sleighing the giant Philistine warrior Goliath in battle. David was anointed as the future King of Israel and became King Saul’s son-in-law. But between the anointing and the actual ascension to the throne, David went through a lot of difficult trials.
King Saul never really trusted David. And though David was very loyal to him, Saul repeatedly sought to kill him. David once became so desperate to flee from Saul that he actually went to the city of Gath, the hometown of Goliath. Of course, it goes without saying that David was despised in Gath; and when some of the city’s warriors recognized David they brought him before Abimelech the King of Gath. Fearing for his life, David did something quite odd and perhaps clever. He feigned insanity. He began to drool and acted like he was scribbling on the walls. Abimelech came to the conclusion that this couldn’t possibly be David and he let him go.
This incident doesn’t sound like a cause for praising the Lord. Yet we are told that on this occasion David wrote Psalm 34 to do just that. David wrote: “I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (Psalm 34:1 NASB) When David was the hero of Israel, he praised the Lord. And when David was considered a fool in Gath, he praised the Lord. The fact is that God’s praise should not be dependent upon our circumstances. Rather than whining about why he wasn’t already King over Israel, David made do and stayed alive. When delivered from death, no matter how humiliating the means, he praised God still.
You and I could take a lesson from David. Our lives are filled with both good times and bad. Both victories and losses. But our worship should not hinge on the way things transpire in life. David said, “I will bless the Lord AT ALL TIMES.” (emphasis added) You and I should commit to do likewise.
Do you know Jesus as Savior and Lord of your life? Have you turned from your sin in repentance and embraced Christ as Lord? Do you follow him in daily, loving, obedience? If so, then you have cause to praise the Lord. It doesn’t matter what today or tomorrow is like. You know that your eternity is secure with Christ. So be like David and praise the Lord at all times. For the Lord is indeed worthy of your praise.