I will extol the LORD at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips.
2 I will glory in the LORD;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
3 Glorify the LORD with me;
let us exalt his name together.
4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.
6 This poor man called, and the LORD heard him;
he saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him,
and he delivers them.
David has travelled form a place of refuge in God, through a place of repentance nad finally into a place of restoration. As God stripped everything away from David he laid low so that God could lift Him up again. Here in Psalm 34 we hear the words of a man who has been restored. David looks back on his escape from King Saul, and with a right perspective attributes his deliverance to the work of the Lord. But notice that not only does he praise God, but now he invites others to join in praise with him.
When we have gone through this same process of needing refuge, going through repentance and finally restoration in God, our lives become living testimonies to the glory of the Lord. We invite others to join us in this process of refuge, repentance, and restoration. We encourage others in their struggles and help lift them up in the Lord moving them closer to finding restoration in Christ.
As you think back on your life, where has God provided you restoration? What was it like? What’s the story behind that restoration? Sometimes we underestimate the power of our own testimonies. Take some time today to consider what your testimony of restoration in Christ is and how you might share it with others that they would be encouraged to glory in the Lord.