September 7th, 2013 D. Mitchell
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“Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again my Savior and my God! (verse 5)
“Now I am deeply discouraged, but I will remember You.” (verse 6)
“But each day the LORD pours His unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing His songs, praying to God who gives me life.”(verse 8)
Have you ever walked through a difficult time and cried out to the Lord for encouragement? King David often cried out for encouragement from the Lord. The Psalms are full of David’s cries for the Lord to have mercy on him and to lift him out of despair.
Often, David would begin his Psalms in distress. He would take his struggles and his fears and lay them at the Lord’s feet. What is different, however, is that David transforms his prayer into a time of praise and thanksgiving. He doesn’t allow himself to be paralyzed by his plight; rather, he takes it as an opportunity to remember how great God is. His attributes, His faithfulness, His power and glory.
Every follower of Jesus will face challenges. There will be times of despair and discouragement that will threaten us, but like David, we need to remember God. Remember the Lord and what He has done in your life. He will bring encouragement. He will work in your life and build and strengthen your faith. He will mature you so you can help others stand strong in following Him as well. How has God been faithful to you in your life?
Heavenly Father, I choose to put my hope in You. I choose to praise You for You are my Savior and my God! Though I have times of discouragement, I will remember You. Please help me this day to remember Your blessings and what You have done in my life so far. I thank and praise You for Your faithfulness! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Action Step: Lift up your eyes in prayer and remember your God. Remember that He is sovereign, He is all powerful, and He never changes. Remember, He is Your Savior and Your God. Recall times of His faithfulness, provision, blessing, encouragement, and strengthening. Then, find an opportunity to share these insights with at least one person who needs encouragement today.
Resources: Do you need new and fresh ways to pray for your children? The Power of a Praying Parent might be a great tool for you!