David was on the run in 1 Samuel chapter 21. Jonathan had warned his friend that Saul was burning with anger and hot on David’s trail. Saul would not stop until David was dead. Each time Saul got close, God delivered David from harm. Our “Run to Him” study brings us to Psalm 34, where we find David literally running from Saul.
I’ve spent time this week running. I’m running our house. I’m running to and from school. I’m running to my son’s next therapy appointment. I’m running to church. I’m running down the to-do list. I’m running laundry downstairs and back up again. I’m running to catch-up with my husband so we can spend a few minutes together. Even though King Saul isn’t hot on my heels, some days it does feel like if I stop running, life will fall apart. When I read Psalm 34, I’m reminded that even in the middle of his running, David stopped and praised God.
Do you need to stop and praise today? Right now in this moment?
Let’s look closer at how David praised God in this midst of his running.
- David was specific in his praise. Some nights I sink into bed after a long day of running and all I can mutter is “Thank you God for this day.” But when I take time to really think back through the events of the day, I remember specific ways God showed me grace. In Psalm 34, David praised God for answering him and delivering him. What specific events or blessings can you thank God for today?
- David invited others to praise God with him. He wrote, “magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!” (v. 3). He knew the power of praising God together. At dinner with your family you can all share how God is blessing you. You can share your praises with your Sunday school class or small group. Continually point others to God and His grace.
- David wanted to please God. Taking time to praise God also reminded David that he wanted to continue to obey God. Verse 14 says, “Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” David was motivated to please God out of his love for Him. We can also learn from God’s Word how He wants us to act and react so we bring honor to Him.
- David reminded himself and us that God is a refuge for the runner. He writes, “Blessed is the man who takes refuge in God” (v. 8) and “None of those who take refuge in him will be condemned” (v. 22). You can rest from your running because He cares for you. He is your refuge.
Stop running. Take a moment to praise God. Share your praises with us in the comments! Let’s remind ourselves and each other of God’s grace and goodness.