Psalm 43:5 Discouraged? Disturbed?

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Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. Psalm 43:5 

Discouragement is something is seen nearly everywhere. People are discouraged about their job, the family, their spouse, their dreams, and many other things. Life is not going the way that they had planned it to go and they do not understand why.

Many are also disturb at the way things are going. They see the news about killings, wars, financial crises, diseases, disasters and much more negative news and fear what is going to happen in life. They do not see any hope for anything good.

In order to cope with the discouragement and anxiety that people are feeling, many will turn to drugs, both legal and illegal. They drown themselves in things or activities to hide their pain and fears.

The author of this psalm asks the question of why his soul was downcast or discouraged and disturbed. He knew that he should be putting all of his hope and trust in God, while giving Him praise.

The discouragement and anxiety does not rest just with unbelievers, but many believers are feeling the same way also. They see what is going on and fear it. They have chosen to see the things of this world only and not see what God is doing.

Despite the garbage, sickness, sin and death in this world, every believer has a hope that is still alive. They have a reason to give God praise. God is on their side and has forgiven them and given them life. While there are troubles in this life, there is a hope of a future that is perfect with no pain, sorrow or suffering for all eternity.

Each one also has the joy of knowing God is right there with them to strengthen and guide them through this dark world. These are reasons to give God praise.

Choose to worship and praise God in spite of the negative things you see. Complaining and being depressed and discouraged will not change a thing, but praising God will give you strength. It can shed light into a dark area of life.

Put all of your hope in God and not in the people and things of this world. This world will pass away, but God will always be there.

Now go out rejoicing and praising God today!

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus offers; that you will know the hope Jesus provides; that God will remove all fear and anxiety in your life; that God will remove discouragement; ad that you will praise God in every situation. 

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Psalm 32:11 Rejoice And Be Glad

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Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in the heart! Psalm 32:11 

Everywhere a  person looks there appears to be trouble. The news is filled with negative events, deaths, murders, crime, suffering, lies, theft, and more. People are walking in fear of their lives, fear of being robbed or killed.

Along with all of the bad news being spread, there are the problems of life. There is sickness, debt, divorce, and more that plague the lives of many people.

Finding something to be happy about appears to be elusive to many people in the world. They look to drugs and comedians to find a place to laugh and be happy. They seek things to remove them from the troubles in this world.

David found a reason to rejoice and be glad with a song in the heart. He had many struggles and troubles throughout his life, yet he would rejoice and sing songs of praise to God. He found forgiveness from God.

Jesus promised every believer that he would have a lot of troubles in this world. There would be pain and suffering, yet, the believer has a reason to rejoice.

Every pain and suffering that a person goes through here on this earth is temporary. It will only last for a short time in light of eternity.

There is one trouble that a person goes through, however, that is not temporary if not dealt with correctly. That trouble is condemnation of sin. It is a death sentence.

The good news is that Jesus has paid for that sin and is willing to forgive and forget that sin. This is of eternal value. Being given the gift of forgiveness is the greatest thing that any believer can ever receive.

Getting forgiveness should cause every person to rejoice and be glad. It should put a song of praise on his lips. It has eternal value, greater than anything on this earth.

Seek out God’s forgiveness for any and every sin you have ever committed. Jesus is right there willing to forgive you, since He paid for those sins.

Now, think about what Jesus has done for you. Let that sink into your heart. Now you have a reason to rejoice and be glad, regardless of what troubles you have in your life. The greatest trouble–eternal death–has been wiped away.

Sing now praises of thanksgiving and worship to the God for what He has done for you.

I pray today that you will know the forgiveness Jesus provides; that you will find joy in worshipping God; that you will be glad in the Lord; and that you will sing songs of praise to God. 

Psalm 28:7 Leaping For Joy

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The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. Psalm 28:7 

When something great happens in the life of a person, many will leap for joy. Sometimes this will be a physical leaping, but often it is leaping in the heart. They are excited about what is happening.

First time parents often leap for joy when their first child is born. A teen-ager leaps for joy when he gets his full driver’s license or when he graduates from school. Many will leap for joy when they get the long desired promotion at work or a good report from the doctor.

There are many different things that excite different people for different reasons. What excites one person will do nothing for another.

David saw that God was his strength and shield, so he could trust in Him to help in his time of need. This made his heart leap for joy and for him to break out in a song of praise to God.

Having good news brought to a person is always good, but often that news is just temporary. There is nothing wrong with it, but it is only for a time.

Good news of something eternal and all powerful is better. Nothing can be better than knowing that God is on one’s side and gives him the needed strength and protection. No one or no thing is greater or more powerful than God.

In this life there are many troubles and bad situations in life. It appears as if everything is negative and bad. However, when a believer knows that God is his strength and help, it can cause extreme joy and excitement in his heart. It is knowing that no matter what is happening or will happen, God is with him.

You can also have this extreme joy that David had. Realize and know that God really does love you and is willing to be your strength and shield. Put all of your hope and trust in Him.

Then, when these troubles occur, your heart can still leap for joy because you know that God is on your side and will take care of you. He will not let you go.

Like a little child jumping and shouting for joy, you can jump and shout praises of joy to God for what He is doing in and through you.

Leap for joy today because of what you have in God.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know God’s strength for you; that you will trust in God alone; and that you will know the joy of knowing God. 

Psalm 8:2 Praise: The Greatest Stronghold

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Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. Psalm 8:2 

All over the world people and nations are constantly seeking ways to defeat their enemies. They want to know what it will take to stop the enemy from being able to attack and win a battle.

Walls, gates, and security systems are put in place everywhere one looks. Security guards are set up to watch out for the enemy. Billions of dollars are spent to ‘protect’ themselves from the enemy. Spies are enlisted to find out information about the enemy and how to defeat them.

Yet, the enemy still is able to get in and destroy. Sometimes just a little, while other times a lot.

David points out that a great stronghold against the enemy is found in the simplest of ways. It is found in praise of the children and infants. Praise is what silences the enemy.

One may wonder how praise can be a stronghold against the enemy and how it can silence the enemy. Praise takes the focus off of self and off of the enemy. It points one towards God.

Praise gives God all of the credit and the power to do what needs to be done. It builds the faith of the believer as he focuses his mind and heart on praising God. In this way it focuses on what God can do, not what the enemy is trying to do.

With God all things are possible, so as one is praising God, God is able to defeat the enemy. The enemy may be physical, but more often it is a spiritual enemy. these are the enemy of the thoughts, words and actions of self. One cannot praise God and live in sin at the same time, it is one or the other. When praising God one is living for God.

As you face enemies in your life, both physical and mental, turn your focus away from the enemy and towards God. Notice how big God is and how small the enemy really is. Begin to give God praise and worship and see what He can do.

Praising God builds a fortress of God around your life. It puts up a barrier around your thought life to block out unwanted thoughts to enter. As these thoughts are blocked, you can live for God.

Give God praise today!

I pray today that your heart will be overwhelmed with praise to God; that you will see reasons to praise God through all circumstances; that your heart will be filled with joy at praising God; and that you will see God block the enemies of your soul through your praise.