The beauty of the Psalms of David is in the turn-around.
No matter what trouble David begins to tell, now matter the circumstance, the enemy, or the feeling of sorrow... David always turns the Psalm around to place the focus on God; to magnify His glory. David is clearly a glass-half-full kind of guy. And the beauty is that he chooses to fill his glass with living and active words which praise the Lord, and lift his soul.
David was not willing to remain silent. He continually speaks praises and sings for joy. Sometimes he is alone; sometimes he is in a crowd. But no matter where we find him, David uses his VOICE to proclaim the praises of God.
Could that be the reason he persisted?
Could it be what filled him with courage?
Could it be the reason God continually rescued him?
You know, if someone walked around saying nice things about you... flattering, honoring, giving you credit for all you've accomplished... most likely, you'd ant to hang around them more; even to help them if they were in need.
Could that be what God is doing?
He knew that David would not keep his mouth closed when it came to rejoicing. Look here how God shows up in David's life...
Lord my God, You have done many things...
Your wonderful works and Your plans for us;
none can compare with You.
If I were to report and speak of them,
they are more than can be told.
How great life would be to realize the Lord was doing wonderful works in and through us; that He had a plan for us, to which nothing could compare.
Well, that's how David feels. And he says there are not even enough words to express all He has done for us. So I wonder why we may not see life that way?
Could it be that we're not speaking enough praises... even in hard times?
Could it be that we aren't rejoicing enough in song... even when we don't feel like it?
Could it be that we are concealing the love and faithfulness of God because we don't want to offend others?
Because God IS doing wonderful works too vast to contain.
He still creates.
He still forgives.
He still saves and redeems.
God has not changed since the days of David. He is faithful and reliable.
Could it simply be that we are missing out on God's best because we won't open our mouths like David and give God all the glory He deserves?
It's not a magic formula to get Him to do stuff for us. It's an attitude of the heart which expresses gratitude, awe and humility. It's hearing the words from our own mouths that change us... from the inside out.
Will we, like David, make this a turn-around day?
No matter what happens, praise God anyway!
And then I believe we will experience the very Word of Glory in our life... Jesus.
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