A psalm of David, regarding the time he pretended to be insane in front of Abimelech, who sent him away. I will praise the LORD at all times. I will constantly speak his praises.  Psalm 34:1  NLT

Did you ever think speaking God's praises will keep us out of trouble?  What I mean is "mouth trouble."   When we speak the praises of God on a regular basis, that means we can't speak defeat; we can't speak failure or fear.  When we speak the praises of God on a regular basis it means we are lining up our words with God's words.  It means we are speaking what God says and nothing else.  When we speak the praises of God we line up with eternity because we praise an eternal God.  Speaking God's praises at all times doesn't mean everything is always good, but it gives us an attitude shift.  We can't stay discouraged or depressed when we speak God's praise out of our mouths because there is a joy and a peace associated with praising God.  We can't entertain negative thoughts when we have the praises of God on our minds.  Whatever fills our heart and mind will eventually make it into our speech.  Jesus said out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Matthew 12:34).  What's in us is going to come out!    In our Christian experience we will see times of pain, affliction, and sorrow.  But as we continue to walk out our faith in Jesus Christ, we will also see joy, hope, love, and peace.  Praise, along with prayer and regular study of God's Word are sure-fire ways to encourage yourself to keep on praising God no matter what things look like.

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