Psa 34:1-3 …I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad. 3 Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together
It is a new year, and the new year ought not to begin with ask but praise. David in days of trouble, and he had many of them resolved to express his adoration to God in 4 ways, bless, boast, magnify and exalt. He even extends the invitation to others to join him in extolling the Lord. He ascribes blessing, honor, praise, and glory to God of nature and providence. He resolves to praise God at all times, in every place and condition. He boasts in the Lord, meaning he knows and understands God’s ways of love, justice and righteousness, for the Lord delights in these, (Jer 9:24). He magnifies, marvel at His greatness, extols Him for who He is before men. He exalts which is to say raise God’s name to higher ranks above all.
We in reality cannot make God greater or higher than He is; but if we adore Him as infinitely great, and higher than the highest, He is pleased to reckon this magnifying and exaltation of Him. Even in distress, which excites supplication, there is always matter for praising and thanking God for who He is. Praises looks good on Him.