Psalm 34:1-4

“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.”


The heading of this Psalm in the New King James Version reads “A Psalm of David when he pretended madness before Abimelech, who drove him away, and he departed.” This directs our thoughts to (1 Samuel 21:10-15) a time when David was fleeing for his life from King Saul and flees to the city of Gath. Why would David possess such behavior in Gath? “[Gath] was famous as being the birthplace or residence of Goliath”[1], the giant David slew. David would not have been so popular and welcomed in Gath. Surrounded by enemies, David chooses to continually bless and praise the Lord. And as we read, we are encouraged to join magnifying and exalting His name together.

Action Points:

1. Consider how often it is that I exalt and magnify the Lord.

2. Do I praise Him continually?

3. In what ways can I magnify and exalt His name today?


Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

1. Easton’s Bible Dictionary

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