From Despair to Worship
Text: Psalm 34:1-3
I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. 3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!
Is it possible to be in the pits of despair, anxiety and frustration only to come to a place of intense worship?
In Psalm 34, the writer is overcome with despair, he is anxious with many frustrations, yet has entered into a time of worship that is overwhelming.
The question is how can he have an intense time of worship even though his life is not together? What is the writer saying to us here this morning?
- We must pray even though we have great fears.
Psalm 34:4 ESV
4 “I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.”
- We must be honest with God and not hide from Him.
Psalm 34:6 ESV
6 “This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all his troubles.”
- We must develop a certainty in our faith that can be exercised in despair.
Psalm 34:18-19 ESV
18 “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. 19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.”
- We must never forget that we can always go to God for help.
Psalm 34:22 ESV
22 “The Lord redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.”