As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more. Psalm 71:14
Looking at the events going on in the world, many people do not have much hope for this world. Natural disasters are occurring at catastrophic levels in new places all over the world. Violent crimes are rising in many cities around the world. Poverty and homelessness is on a rise. Cost of living is rising faster than paychecks. Wars and threats of war are seen everywhere.
These things are on the grand scale of life. Then there are the things in a person’s life. Sickness, injury, marital failings, children failing, drugs, alcohol, and more destroying lives and removing hope.
The list of what is going wrong in this world always seems to be increasing, leaving very little room for hope. It looks like doomsday is approaching quickly for most people.
The author of this psalm states that he will always have hope and thus will praise God more and more.
Hope is the expectation of something better that is unseen. At this point, one cannot see an end to many of the problems in this world. People are constantly at war as to how to deal with many of the problems in this world.
If all one does is look at this world and man alone, then there is no hope. There is no way for mankind to make things better. He will fail.
However, God has not left man alone. He is there to provide the needed help. As the author of this psalm wrote, Jesus had not yet died on the cross, yet, he had hope in God to provide the needed salvation.
God will win the battle in the end. Sin and death will be defeated and wiped out when Jesus returns. This is a hope that every believer has.
Knowing this can cause a believer to praise God even more each day.
Take your eyes off of the problems that are going on in this world. Focus on what God has already done for you and will do for you in the future. He will always be there for you and will continue to do more and more each day.
God has promised to save you and give you eternal life. Hold onto that hope and give Him praise for it.
Let the world know the hope that they can have. Let the world see the hope that you have as you praise God despite the circumstances of this world.
I pray today that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will know how God has helped you already; that you will know the salvation that is yours; and that you will praise God more and more each day.
But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who long for your saving help always say, “The Lord is great!” Psalm 70:4
Waiting is something that most people do not like to do. Things cannot move fast enough for many people. They want things to be done quickly on their own time frame.
It does not matter how fast something is, it can be faster, or rather, it must be faster. The cashier is too slow, the computer is too slow, the traffic is too slow and much more. People are always complaining about how long something takes.
The level of complaint increases when what is slow is the provision of help in a time of need. During a crisis, nothing can move fast enough. Then people just complain.
David knew that there were people who were in need of God’s help and were waiting for His help in their lives. He encourages all that are waiting for God’s help to praise Him and remember that He is great.
While the world is waiting on physical things in this world, believers are also waiting on God. They are waiting on God to answer their many prayers. Some of those prayers are for desperate measures. Life is difficult and without God’s intervention it will be even worse.
Yet, as they pray, God does not seem to hear or do anything about the situation. Many believers then begin to complain, just as the world does. They get angry with God for not meeting their need, in their time.
The focus needs to shift and remember that God is GREAT. He knows the perfect time and the perfect action to deal with the situation in the believer’s life. One needs to wait for His provision, His salvation to arrive. While waiting one can praise God for who He is.
You are probably waiting for God to answer some prayers of your right now that you have been seeking an answer to for some time. Do not give up on those prayers. Continue to believe God will answer those prayer needs.
As you are praying and waiting, rejoice that God hears you. Praise God for all the prayers He has already answered in your life. Don’t lose hope in God and the salvation that He has promised, it will come at the right time.
Don’t forget that God is GREAT, even while you are waiting in desperation for an answer from Him.
I pray today that you will know God’s hand of provision; that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will rejoice in what God has already done for you; and that you will praise God while waiting for His answers.
Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Psalm 8:19
Every day people have things to deal with. There is a job to go to, bills to pay, things to repair, food to purchase and cook, children to take care of, and much more. Each and every one of these things can become a burden to someone who really does not want to do it, or does not know how to carry it.
Carrying something becomes much harder when one does not want to do it, but it is still difficult, even when one wants to deal with it, but does not know how. There are many things in life that are difficult and people don’t know how to deal with it or are just unable to with what they have.
David gives praise to God because he knows that God is carrying his burdens everyday. He encourages others to praise God for the same reason.
Since God is the creator of the universe, there is nothing so heavy or difficult that He cannot carry. He is able to deal with any and every situation that each and every person has, no matter how big it is.
The challenge is that most people do not want to give up their burden. They want to hold it themselves and get crushed under the load. Giving up the burden to God, allows one to really live for God. It releases the pressure and weight upon the person.
When a person no longer has the weight of this world and its struggles, it gives him the ability to praise God more and be His witness to this world. One can begin to sing, shout, and dance before God giving Him praise, because his hands are empty from carrying a heavy load.
Let go of the burdens you are carrying and give them to God to carry. God will give you a light load to carry–live for Him and be His witness as you praise Him.
You do not have to worry about provision or safety or anything else, when you put it all into God’s hands and follow Him. He will take care of you and meet all of your needs in the perfect timing.
The world does not see or know this, so they get crushed under heavy loads. Release it and praise God today for what He is doing for you.
I pray today that God will reveal His strength to you; that you will see God’s provision for your life; that you will trust God with all of your heavy loads; and that you will give God praise for carrying you and your burdens each day.
I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. Psalm 63:5
Eating food is something that people love to do. Eating a meal that is cooked to near perfection is a desire many have. People will find that restaurant that usually will cook a meal to near perfection. When they sit down to eat the meal they are fully satisfied, until they eat too much and gain a stomach ache.
People search for satisfaction in many things. They want to be filled with everything that they want and need to find complete satisfaction.
Finding full satisfaction is not very common. People will find fault in nearly every thing that they touch or use. Things of this earth will fail or fall apart. The satisfaction is temporary.
David found great satisfaction with one thing, that is to praise God. He likens it to eating the best food possible.
In order to praise God, one must think about what God has done and who He is. When these thoughts are brought up, then praise becomes a natural by-product of it. One begins to realize how great and awesome God is.
The effect of knowing how great and awesome God is, is the overflow of praise to Him. One will want to praise God for all that God is and has done.
This brings about a satisfaction that nothing in this world can bring. It is a knowing that God is in control, that God is providing all that is needed, that God is loving, that God is merciful, that God is with the person, and much more.
All of these things brings complete peace that this world does not know. There is peace, because nothing else is needed or important. The things of this world grow dim and meaningless in light of God’s greatness and glory.
Take time to realize how great God is and what He has already done for you. With that begin to give Him praise. Find the satisfaction that David had in praising God.
God has already given you everything that you need and more. Be satisfied with that and now give Him the praise that He is worthy of.
Keep a song of praise on your lips at all times in order to keep your focus on God. This will bring about complete satisfaction for all that you need or desire.
I pray today that you will know God’s provision in your life; that you will know God’s character; that you will sing praises daily to God; and that you will find satisfaction in praising God.
Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises. Psalm 47:6
Singing about someone or something is nothing new for people to do. Thousands of songs are written every year and performed by many singers that are about someone. This is the most common, known way for a person to sing.
Another concept of singing that does occur a lot is rapidly talking very highly of a person or a thing. People will talk a lot about someone or something, giving high praise to whoever may be listening.
In either way of singing praise, they are both about something that the person is passionate about. They are excited to tell someone else about someone or something. They talk about the good things in whoever they are talking about.
The sons of Korah write in this passage about singing praises to God. They repeat it four times in this one verse and mention that God is their King.
For every believer one thing should be true, that God is his king. This is not a king like those in the world, one to be a harsh, unloving dictator, but one of love, caring and compassion. God is a king who really loves those who are in His kingdom.
God is a good God who does great things for those who love and follow Him. The level of things that God does is so great that one can talk about it daily for years and never complete the list.
One of the things every believer is called to do is be a witness. Being a witness is telling others about what God has done for people through Jesus. This can be singing God praises, being excited to rapidly tell others about what God has done and who He is.
Singing God praises can be done in song or just in speaking. However either way it is lifting Him up for others to see.
Take a moment to think about all that God has done for you. Now be willing to go out and sing praises about what He has done to others. Tell them with a contagious excitement.
You can also sing praises to God letting Him know what you know He has done for you. Give Him thanks for His great love, mercy and compassion.
It is time to get out and sing praises to God and about God to others. What will you sing?
I pray today that you will know what God has done for you; that you will be excited to tell other about Jesus; that you will sing praises of God’s great work to others; and that you will sing praises to God.
Praise be to the Lord, for he showed me the wonders of his love when I was in a city under siege. Psalm 31:21
Being under attack is never a fun thing to do. As it is occurring most people feel that God has left them or that there is no God. All they see and feel is the pain and suffering at the moment. They see the horrors of the attack.
This can happen whether it is a physical, spiritual, verbal or mental attack. The point of the attack is to hurt or destroy and no one wants this. During an attack, the world will always put up its fists and fight back. All love for anyone or anything is lost as they fight for what they want.
David had been under attack many times. At times the enemy had laid siege to the city. This is surrounding the city, not allowing anyone or anything in or out in attempt to starve the city into submission. During this time David praised God because he still saw the wonders of God’s great love.
Seeing God’s great love while under attack takes a different focus in life. It is not focusing on the horrors of what is happening, but on what God is doing or has done. It is focusing on God, instead of the problem.
God is love and therefore everything He does is love. With the right perspective, one can see love even in the darkest of circumstances in this life.
Some things that David may have seen God’s love in while under siege are: he isn’t destroyed yet; they still had food; God’s presence was still with them; God was preserving them.
Instead of looking at the problem in one’s life, one must look from God’s point of view and see what he is blessed with. See God’s love in and through every situation and how God can work things out for his good.
As with everyone, you will have times when you will be under attack by the enemy. It could be a physical enemy, or one of the mind or body. While under the attack look up to God. See His great love for you.
Read the verses that talk about how God is for you and not against you. Read how God loves you with an undying love. Read how you will win with Jesus in the end.
Instead of seeing just the problem, see the wonder of God’s love for you.
I pray today that you will know God’s love and presence in your life; that you will focus on God in times of trouble; that you will be amazed with God’s love for you; and that you will give God praise for His love.