Making Much of Jesus

I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall con­tin­u­al­ly be in my mouth. Psalm 34:1

And so begins one of David’s songs of praise for the Lord. And what a song it is! It’s hard for me to fath­om what David must have been like to be around; the prais­es of the Lord fell con­tin­u­al­ly from his lips, and Psalm 34 is a shin­ing exam­ple of it. By rea­son of praise, the saints are promised pro­vi­sion, pro­tec­tion, and best of all, salvation!

David here was mak­ing much of His Deliv­er­er… He was mak­ing much of Jesus! There was a time I did too, but I lost sight of that. I got to the point where I was hap­py to make much of bib­li­cal truth by writ­ing respons­es to false teach­ings and vain tra­di­tions. But Jesus’ praise was not con­tin­u­al­ly in my mouth. 

This is only my third post here, and look­ing back at my two intro­duc­to­ry posts, I can­not help but hang my head low. There is cer­tain­ly noth­ing wrong with hat­ing every false way as David did, but the sub­ject of David’s life was not refu­ta­tion of those false ways… The sub­ject of David’s life was Jesus Christ!

And so we see in Paul’s life, “For me to live is Christ.”:”(Philippians 1:21.)”: And Paul was not one to leave well enough alone when it came to the church­es he was in con­tact with giv­ing space to false teach­ers, false gospels, and emp­ty tra­di­tions. Read­ing the words of Paul in response to such prob­lems shows that he sought to make much of Jesus more than to sim­ply pro­mote pure doctrine.

Tim­o­th­y’s Bur­den still stands for those pas­sages found in 2 Tim­o­thy. My desire is still to “preach the Word” as 2 Tim­o­thy 4:2, but what is the Word if not the Scrip­tures which tes­ti­fy of Christ?:”(John 5:39.)”:

I have eter­nal life because of Christ, but I want to be able to say of myself, as Paul was able, “for me to live is Christ.” And as an exten­sion of that, per­haps “for me to blog is Christ.” May His praise be con­tin­u­al­ly in my mouth, and my I bless the Lord at all times.

Here is the entire­ty of Psalm 34; may it be a bless­ing to you as it has been to me.

  1. I will blessed the Lord at all times: his praise shall con­tin­u­al­ly be in my mouth.
  2. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the hum­ble shall hear there­of, and be glad.
  3. O mag­ni­fy the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.
  4. I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and deliv­ered me from all my fears.
  5. The looked unto him, and were light­ened: and their faces were not ashamed.
  6. This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
  7. The angel of the Lord encam­peth round about them that fear him, and deliv­ereth them.
  8. O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
  9. O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.
  10. The young lions do lack, and suf­fer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.
  11. Come, ye chil­dren, hear­ken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
  12. What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?
  13. Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speak­ing guile.
  14. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pur­sue it.
  15. The eyes of the Lord are upon the right­eous, and his ears are open unto their cry.
  16. The face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off the remem­brance of them from the earth.
  17. The right­eous cry, and the Lord heareth, and deliv­ereth them out of all troubles.
  18. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a bro­ken heart; and saveth such as be of a con­trite spirit.
  19. Many are the afflic­tions of the right­eous: but the Lord deliv­ereth him out of them all.
  20. He keep­eth all his bones: not one of them is broken.
  21. Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the right­eous shall be desolate.
  22. The Lord redeemeth the soul of his ser­vants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.

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  1. Steve Avatar

    I live the idea of mak­ing much of Jesus. There is no greater pursuit.

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