Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together. (Ps. 34:3)
Expanded Passage: Psalm 34:1–10
As a highly dedicated, three-year-old member of the “Joy Bells Club,” I took my commitment to memorizing Scripture and song lyrics very seriously. A young married couple led my little group each Wednesday night, and we sang songs that united us and brought us together in worship for the first time. We sang songs about building our house upon the rock, popcorn cheerfulness, and being a C-H-R-I-S-T-I-A-N. Can you relate? These sweet little songs were uniting our young hearts in worship.
The psalmist who wrote today’s passage provided us with an invitation to remember and rejoin the true narrative, the overarching story of God. Sometimes we need to remember these words. The psalmist rehearsed everything he needed to remember: “I sought the Lord, and he answered me”; “Those who look to him are radiant”; and, “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.” He turned these messages into melodies, so that he could remember them and declare them when needed.
We, too, need to remember these truths, so that we can continue to persevere through the trials we face. There are so many narratives that are fighting to control our thoughts. When we replace the false narrative with worshipful reminders of what God has done and will do, our faith is strengthened by truth.
Praise God in order to remember what is true
Holly Atkinson is a pastor’s wife, mother of two girls, and a graduate of OKWU and Wesley Seminary. She currently serves as an assistant principal at a private school in Florida.
© 2023 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.