"I will extol the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips." Psalm 34:1
David praised God for His deliverance and answer to prayer and he was committed to continual praise of the Lord for how God protected him in his times of fear. David was dependent on God, and not dependent on himself. He gave all the glory to God and took none for himself. David's prayers helped to silence his fears and he felt comfort and relief in knowing that God heard his concerns.
If we are hoping to spend eternity with God and praising Him, it only makes sense to spend our time here on earth doing the same. The verse does not say that we will bless the Lord in the good times only, but at all times. In every situation that we face; in every event that occurs. Whether we are experiencing joy or sorrow, safety or danger, prosperity or adversity, the idea is that we would bless the Lord privately and publicly. Our thanks should be unceasing; constantly uttering His praises. The words coming out from our mouth should reflect the glory of God.
Dear Lord, I pray that I would bless you every chance that I can. I want to praise you at all times, in every situation, under every circumstance. Whether it's before, during, or after the trials, I want to praise you with my lips. I will be thankful for your mercies, and will express my sense of your goodness. Thank you for David and the example that he has shown to me in how I can put this verse into action and apply it to my life. You are truly worthy of our praise! Amen.