by Sandy Kirby Quandt
There have been a couple times in my life when I believe what I felt was utter despair. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines despair as to lose all hope or confidence. Yep. That’s what I felt. And what a dreadful place to be.
When we think of the life of King David many things may pop into our minds. Shepherd boy. Goliath killer. Harp player. Psalm writer. Chased by King Saul. Beloved friend of Jonathan. Warrior King of Israel. Slayed thousands. Adulterer. Murderer. Man after God’s own heart. Jesus’ ancestor…
Throughout David’s psalms are songs of anguish, despair and doubt coupled with songs of comfort, praise and rejoicing.
Could it be said of the story of our lives that anguish, despair and doubt can be replaced by comfort, praise and rejoicing? I believe so.
During the times when it appeared I had lost all hope, like David, there remained a spark. A flicker. An ember which refused to be doused by the events that threatened. A reminder that God’s faithfulness could not be removed.
Feeling at the point of losing all hope and confidence?
May I suggest you do what David did, what I do? Remember everything God has brought us through and realize he didn’t bring us this far to drop us now.
Praise God in the midst of the bleakness for who he is. Praise him for what he has done. Praise him for what he is capable of doing. Praise him. Simply praise him.
Get your praise on and send the devil running!
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Take courage, my soul! Do you remember those times (but how could you ever forget them!) when you led a great procession to the Temple on festival days, singing with joy, praising the Lord? Why then be downcast? Why be discouraged and sad? Hope in God! I shall yet praise him again. Yes, I shall again praise him for his help. Psalm 42:4-5 (TLB)
I wish you well.
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I’m reminded of the books Prison to Praise etc. It would be helpful, I think, to re-read them. Thanks for sharing this,Sandy.
Thanks for commenting, Marlene. Thinking of prisons and praise reminds me of Paul and Silas…while imprisoned, their chains fell after they praised God. It wasn’t release, then praise. I need to be more like them.
Amen. Praise is so important. Include!
Praise sure can turn our attitudes around, can’t it?