Yesterday’s devotional began answering the question of when it will be proper to lift up the name of God. David wrote the music that included some statements of “Be exalted, O God” in a cave hiding from King Saul. At this time King Saul and his loyal soldiers were everywhere looking for David to kill. King Saul assigned people, even in the neighbouring cities, to let him know where they see David hiding. King David was very much aware of Saul’s plans; yet he wrote “Be exalted, O God.” King David always uses previous experience to praise God in his present experience. This always gives him reason to lift up the name of God in any of his momentous situation, no matter the harshness the situation bears. This ought to be a great lesson for us Christians who are always being hated and subjected to unprintable kind of distress. We are to search into the past to see when people ganged up against us and then remember how God came in.
As Christians, the month of December ought to be the perfect month to cast our minds back so as to see how many times God saved us from troubles so as to be telling Him every day “Be exalted, O God above the highest heavens! May your glory shine over all the earth.” King David noted in Psalm 57: 4 and 6 that he was “… surrounded by fierce lions who greedily devour human prey, who teeth pierce like spears and arrows and whose tongues cut like sword.” David noted too how his “…enemies have a trap for me. I am weary from distress. They have dug a deep pit in my path, but they themselves have fallen into it” (Africa Study Bible). By reflecting on past experience, King David remembered when his enemies dug pit on his path and same enemies fell into it. With this he wrote: “Wake up, my heart! Wake up, O lyre and harp! I will wake the dawn with my song” (Psa. 57: 4, 6; 108: 2 Africa Study Bible).
We Christians are to behave like King David. It is mandatory for us Christians to be lifting the name of God up in any situation. We are to use, as said before, old experience where we had issues that God came in and delivered us to praise Him in a new hardship believing he who does it in the first will intervene in the second circumstance. We are to lift God up in praises and thanksgiving at all time. Like David, we must promise ourselves to praise the Lord at all time. The Bible says: “I will praise the LORD at all times. I will constantly speak His praises. I will boast only in the LORD…” (Psa. 34: 1 – 2 Africa Study Bible). We are to take a closer look at what King David says here, that he will constantly speak God’s praises. Constantly means as regularly as possible. Therefore, we do not need to wait for a definite favourable time to lift up the name of Jehovah our Father. We can just do this throughout in every December month.
Holy Spirit, kindly move me frequently to lift up the name of Jehovah my Father every day and every time in the name of Jesus Christ.