I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.
My soul will boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.
Extol means to praise highly, to bless, to glorify, exalt or celebrate.
The Message version of the Bible records verse 1 this way: "I bless God every chance I get; my lungs expand with his praise."
I found an online commentary that made three points about what David is doing in this passage.
Resolving to praise God constantly (I will bless the Lord at all times)
Committing to praise God openly (his praise will always be on my lips)
Desiring to praise God heartily (my soul will boast in the Lord)
I have been listening to Beth Moore lately. This quote struck me because of what I read in Psalm 34:
"We are going to most believe what we most rehearse. There is power in the words coming out of our mouth. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. It is the bread of life. Lets change our complaints to praise."
Oh, how convicting these words are. I will most believe what comes out of my mouth most often. If I follow Psalm 34, what comes out of my mouth should be praises to God and glory to Him.
Do I bless God every chance I get?
Do my lungs expand with his praise?
Do I praise him constantly, heartily and openly?
There is power in our words. The Word of God is the bread of life and if we speak the Word, we are speaking life, truth, praises and blessings. We are bringing glory to God and growing our faith - all at the same time.
In this new year, may I cease striving more, and instead strive to praise, bless and bring glory to my God.