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Choosing to Praise

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“My heart is steadfast, O God! I will sing and make melody with all my being! Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn! I will give thanks to you, O LORD, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations. For your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.” Psalm 108:1-4 (ESV)

God called King David a man after His own heart (Acts 13:22). There are many reasons God said this about David but Psalm 108 shows us one clear reason. David was fixed on praising God. He was fixed on praising God not because things always went his way. Not because he never suffered. Not because he was perfect. It was a choice he made. He told God, “My heart is steadfast!” To be steadfast is to be firm, stable, established, fixed. He was set on praising God and nothing would sway him from that. He said,

I WILL sing and make melody with all my being!

I WILL awake the dawn!

I WILL give thanks to you, O LORD!

I WILL sing praises to you among the nations.

David determined to sing for God with all his being. He chose to start his day praising God. He made the choice to give thanks to Him. He was set on praising God in his heart and also chose to praise Him among the nations.

Why? Why would he praise him in spite of trouble and oppression? Why would he praise Him in spite of his own weaknesses? Why would he praise Him in the midst of daily struggles?

“For your steadfast love is great above the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!” Psalm 108:4-5

Why would he praise Him? Because God’s love is great above the heavens! His love never fails. His love is everlasting! Because His faithfulness goes on forever!

He deserves all praise and all glory! His love and faithfulness will never fail us.

Like David, I can choose to praise Him. I can say with David:

I will sing and make melody with all my heart!

I will wake up in the morning praising Him!

I will give thanks to you, O LORD!

I will sing your praises to those around me.

It’s a choice I can make. I can praise Him in spite of circumstances because He never changes. His character is firm in spite of my problems and struggles. I can praise Him because His love for me never fails. He will never love me any less. I can make the choice to sing and make music in my heart. I can thank Him everyday for all He does for me. I can also choose to praise His name to those around me. I can tell them how great He is.

God’s love for me is steadfast. It will never change. His faithfulness goes on forever. He is worthy of all my praise.

I will give thanks to you, O LORD! I will sing your praises to others. Praise your Holy Name!

This is a choice we can make every day! It’s a gift we give to our Lord.

I originally published this devotion at Jennifer Slattery Lives Out Loud

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Singing in the Storm

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S – “I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me…My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast! I will sing and make melody!” Psalm 57:2,7 (ESV)

O – David wrote these words while hiding in a cave as King Saul with 3,000 men looked for him to kill him. A powerful king hated him and wanted him to die. In this Psalm he trusts himself to God. He knew His Father would fulfill His purpose for him. In spite of the danger, the fear, and seemingly overwhelming odds, his heart was steadfast and immovable in trusting God. He was singing and making melody to God even as he ran for his life.

A – Can I have such faith that trusts God no matter what is happening? Is my heart steadfast, immovable in trusting God?

Shouts and name-calling zing from our government leaders like bullets. Earthquakes shake our world. Hunger threatens. Gloom fills the news. Friends report cancer. Young people turn from faith. Life moves at lightening speed. I can surrender to fear and live in anxiety or I can make the choices David made:

My soul takes refuge in the shadow of your wings. (v.1)

I cry out to God Most High. (v.2)

My heart is steadfast. (v.7)

I will sing and make melody! (v.7)

I will awake the dawn! (With music-v.8))

I will give thanks to you, O Lord. (v.9)

I will sing praises to you. (v.9)

All choices David made. Choices I can make.

We can choose during times of destruction and turmoil to take refuge in God until the storm passes. We can trust Him or we can surrender to fear.

P – Father, I will praise your holy name. I will give thanks to you. You and you alone keep me safe and guide my path. I will sing praises to you. You are my hiding place. My Rock. My Fortress. Praise your holy name!

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What Should I Do?

 

S~ “It happened after this that David inquired of the LORD saying, ‘Shall I go up to the cities of Judah?’ and the LORD said to him, ‘Go up.’ David said, ‘Where shall I go up?’ and He said, ‘To Hebron.’ So David went up there…” 2 Samuel 2:1-2a (NKJV)

O~ David, King of Israel, mighty warrior, brave, courageous and true had learned to seek God before any decision. He knew he had been anointed king. He knew Saul was dead. He knew it was his right to go and claim the throne. Yet, he asks God’s direction for each step. He asks God for specific direction and only acts as God leads.

A~ David is such a great example here. He knows he won’t have success apart from God. He seeks God’s direction for each decision. Finding direction from God means taking time to be quiet before Him and listen. It means knowing His word so I can recognize truth. I want to be more like David and wait for God’s direction in my decisions. He is the one who knows the end from the beginning.

P~ Father, my life is yours. I belong to you. I know you love me. I know you always want what is best. Please direct my steps and show me the way to go. Help me always be willing to listen to you first before I act.

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via April 27 2 Samuel 2; 1 Chronicles 11; Psalm 142; Matthew 14.

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Sleep in Peace

 

I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.” Psalm 4:8

Sleep problems are a major issue in today’s world. Some say that insomnia affects nearly 60 percent of U.S. adults at least one night each week. From what I hear people saying, it seems like a much higher percentage to me. In any case, sleep disorders are very common. And this is huge problem because sleep deprivation is a major cause of health problems and accidents. Adequate sleep is essential to having a healthy body. Not to mention that the more one goes without sleep, the more a person tends to be irritable, impatient and have trouble concentrating. I think anyone who has had this problem knows how miserable it is. I don’t know the statistics but I think we would be astounded to know how many people use some kind of sleep aid whether it is prescription, over-the-counter or a natural sleep aid. The truth is that true peaceful sleep is one of those things we cannot buy.

There are many reasons that people have sleep problems. Health issues, diet, environment and other issues can cause sleeplessness. One thing that keeps many from sleeping is worry and fear. In Psalm 4:8, David wrote, “I will both lie down in peace and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.” David often had many reasons to worry, fret and fear for his life yet he said he could lie down in peace (Completeness, soundness, welfare, peace) and sleep. He could sleep without fretting, without tossing and turning, without being afraid of what might happen to him. Why? He knew that God alone could keep him safe. He knew that the largest army on earth could not guarantee his safety; the best doctors on the planet could not promise he would wake up the next day. Only the LORD God could keep him safe. So he trusted himself into God’s hands and slept peacefully.

The times when I am tossing and turning, fretting and cannot sleep because of fear or wondering what will happen are times when I am not trusting God. Trusting God does not mean I know what the outcome will be. It means I can trust God that ultimately He will allow what is best for me. His ultimate goal is to fulfill His purpose for us. His goal is not for our immediate comfort or pleasure in the moment. His goal is that each of us spend eternity with Him and that His purpose for our lives be fulfilled. Only He knows how that will happen. I have to trust His wisdom, His leading and His love for me. Even when He allows painful things.

 Father, I thank you for every moment of peace and calm you give to me. I also thank you that even in the midst of storms you can give me peace because I know you are my safety. Help me to trust you with my loved ones. Only you can keep them safe and see them through. You alone, O LORD, make me, make us, dwell in safety.

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