No matter how hard it gets, or how lonely you feel, or how far wrong it’s gone, never forget to praise the Lord. Worship and praise can’t just be saved for the good times, the happy times when the sun shines and the birds are singing. If that was the case we’d never go to church! We have to give the Lord our trust and obedience especially when everything seems to be going wrong. It is when things don’t go the way we want them to that we are the most vulnerable to sin. It is so easy to resort to quick and easy gratification when we’re worn out and tired or under stress and attack. If we are out of the habit of praise and thanksgiving, then the old sinful replacements can find their way back into our hearts so much more easily. Worship and praising God really do help us to stay focused on the way of the Lord rather than the way of sin.
Psalms 89:46-52 NLT
46 O Lord, how long will this go on?
Will you hide yourself forever?
How long will your anger burn like fire?
47 Remember how short my life is,
how empty and futile this human existence!
48 No one can live forever; all will die.
No one can escape the power of the grave. Interlude
49 Lord, where is your unfailing love?
You promised it to David with a faithful pledge.
50 Consider, Lord, how your servants are disgraced!
I carry in my heart the insults of so many people.
51 Your enemies have mocked me, O Lord;
they mock your anointed king wherever he goes.
52 Praise the Lord forever!
Amen and amen!
You really can replace old habits that have harmed you, with prayer and praise. The sooner you lay your problems and worries before God, the sooner he reminds you how much he has promised you. When you cry out your prayers to God in dark times, when he seems far away, it is then that he reveals his good promises to you and reminds you of all he has already done for you. Try it and see what happens. My goal is to remember to lay everything – good and bad – before the Lord. I know that in doing this I will be reminded of how good God really is, and then I will praise the Lord. Amen and amen.
Joshua 24:1-33, Luke 21:1-28, Psalm 89:38-51, Proverbs 13:20-23