I will sing to the Lord, because He has dealt bountifully with me. Psalm 13:6
People are often grateful when things go well for them. When everything is working out in the way in which things should go, people are happy and thankful that it is happening that way. However, many do not recognize blessings that are occurring in normal day to day life, and even fewer are grateful during times of stress and trouble. It is during those time that many are quick to moan and complain that everything and everyone is against them.
At the beginning of this psalm David began by crying out to God asking if He had forgotten him. At the end it turns to singing because of how God had dealt with him in a bountiful way.
Going through good times, it is easy to be grateful, although most do not recognize how good things are going when they are going well. People are quick to forget about how hard they had just had it and focus on how much better it could still be.
Difficult times are always difficult to make through. It is a challenge to be grateful when everything appears to be going wrong and God appears to be against the person.
Instead of complaining about when things are going wrong, believers must step back and realize how bountifully God is dealing with them. No matter how bad things get in the life of a believer, it will always be much less than what they deserve because of sin. All sin deserves the worst punishment possible that will last for eternity.
As the believer begins to recognize how horrible sin is, then one can sing because of how good God is dealing with them, even in times of trouble.
You are probably able to sing songs of praise to God when everything appears to be going well. However, during times of trouble, it may become very hard to continue to sing those songs of praise.
Take time to stop and reflect on how well God is dealing with you. Count all of the many blessings God has blessed you with in spite of the current trouble you are going through. Recognize the blessing that God does not give you what your sin deserves.
As you do this you will be able to sing praises to God for the way He is dealing with you in love, mercy and grace.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will see what God is doing in your life; that you will know God has not left you; and that you will sing praises to God for how He works in your life.
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