What usually comes to mind when you think about David? If you’re like me, you tend to think about David’s “macho” achievements. He fought a lion and a bear. He felled a giant. He was a mighty man of war, conquering many foes. He was feared by his enemies. He was one of the greatest kings of the ancient world. There’s no doubt David was a man’s man, a leader’s leader, and a warrior’s warrior.
And yet David was a man with a tender heart toward God. He was a man who was constantly praising his God. He even characterized himself as “Israel’s singer of songs,” saying “[God’s] word was on my tongue.” David was one whom “the Spirit of the Lord spoke through” (2 Samuel 23:1-2).
David may not have always done things right, but God was never far from his thoughts…
I will give thanks to the Lord… and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High (Psalm 7:17).
Sing to the Lord, you saints of his; praise his holy name (Psalm 30:4).
Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him (Psalm 33:1).
I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips (Psalm 34:1).
David sets a good example for us; doesn’t he? He shows us that a man or woman after God’s own heart is a person who is not afraid to verbalize love for God. David’s heart uttered praise upon praise throughout his day.
You too, as a person who loves God, should not hesitate to praise God. Whether while working at your job, driving out on the freeway, getting some exercise, or relaxing at home with your family, you can offer up praise to God in your heart and with your lips (Hebrews 13:15).