"I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together! I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears." Psalm 34:1-4
In December of 1920, Vice President Calvin Coolidge went to Plymouth rock to celebrate the three hundredth anniversary of the Pilgrims’ landing in the New World. In his remarks, he highlighted the vital role that faith played in their lives: “They came undecked with orders of nobility. They were not children of fortune but tribulation. Persecution, not preference brought them hither; but it was persecution in which they found a stern satisfaction. They cared little for titles; still less for the goods of this earth; but for an idea they would die. Measured by the standards of men of their time, they were the humble of the earth. Measured by later accomplishments, they were the mighty. In appearance weak and persecuted they came- rejected, despised- an insignificant band; in reality strong and independent, a mighty host of whom the world was not worthy, destined to free mankind.”
The Pilgrims were routinely thankful, not just when things were going well and all their needs were being met. We remember the Thanksgiving celebration they had after a great harvest, but they were also thankful during the harsh winter prior when there was little to eat and many died. We are meant to praise God, not just in bits and spurts when life looks good, but day after day and throughout the day, we should fill both our hearts and our mouths with praise to God.
The Lord’s goodness and faithfulness is consistent day after day, and our praise to Him should be as well.