Celebrations - Ps Graeme Leske

17th September 2020

“This is the day the Lord has made;  We will rejoice and be glad in it.” 

Psalm 118:24 (NKJV)

“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!  For His mercy endures forever.” 

Psalm 136:1 (NKJV)

A Psalm of David When He Pretended Madness Before Abimelech, Who Drove Him Away, and He Departed. “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.   My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; The humble shall hear of it and be glad.   Oh, magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together.” 

Psalm 34:1-3 (NKJV)

We really do love to celebrate events.  We celebrate birthdays, wedding anniversaries, major milestones, significant achievements and the list could go on.  It is a good thing to celebrate many different things, and even the thought of celebration brings to mind a special event that is worthy of celebration. However, depending on circumstances, there can be times when many of us could possibly feel far from wanting to celebrate anything. David had a long history with God. He had worshipped while out in the fields with the sheep, he had seen God deliver him from the bear and the lion, and he had seen the hand of God defeat Goliath.  Yet at the time of writing Psalm 34 his life was in danger and he had to pretend madness to avoid being killed - not a time of celebration. What is worth noting however is the attitude that David took even while in those terrible circumstances. He took the attitude that despite the circumstance he was determined to celebrate the goodness of God. Take note - he says ‘I WILL bless the Lord at all times’. Regardless of what we may or may not have to celebrate, this is the day the Lord has made and that is enough reason to celebrate. Someone once made a statement I never forgot and it was this; ‘If I never received anything else from God apart from my eternal salvation that would be enough reason to praise Him for eternity’. So today let’s celebrate like David and together magnify the Lord and exalt His Name.

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