But…

“”But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength;
Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your lovingkindness in the morning,
For You have been my stronghold.” Psalm 59:16

Psalm 59 is a cry of deliverance from David as his enemies surrounded him and he was in danger of death.  Due to no guilt of his own, his enemies persecuted him  David cried out to God to help him.  Then comes the decisive word in David’s life: “But…” The word “but” is an indicator that something opposite came before.  David is saying that in the midst of anguish and concern, anxiety and peril, he will choose to worship and trust God.  

There are probably things going on in your life (welcome to the world) that you are struggling with – grief, death, anxiety, way-ward children, unfaithfulness, peril, job losss, etc…  David teaches us that we can lay these burdens before God who is our Strength.  We can cry out.  We can voice our concerns, our worries, our hate, our anger.  We can acknowledge the depth of our pain to God.  We can ask Him for retribution and vengeance.  But…

Once we have aired our feelings, our hurts, our concerns, we must then do an about face and rest in our Lord’s strength.  If God is who He says He is and He can do what He says He will do, then we must turn to Him in trust and for guidance.  Life stinks, but…  But God. (Period).  God is able, He is strong, He is in cotrol, He cares for you,  He will deliver in His time, in His way, for ever.

Our job?  Sing praises.  We are to wake in the morning with a song of praise on our tongues to God.  We are to sing praises throughout the day and go to Him for our refuge and stronghold.  He is big enough.   When we sing praises unto God we are putting demons to flight, calling upon angels, getting a clear perspective of our worth as God’s children and our need to depend upon our Father.  Praise puts our hearts in tune with God’s heart and mind.  Praise lifts our emotions up and helps us to rejoice in the midst.

May God give you clear perspective in the midst of life’s struggles; may you call upon Him and He will hear; may you cling to His promises and His character; may you seek Him and know that He is God; may you sing praise sin the midst and know the peace of Goid that will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
 
Hint of the Day:  Teach you rkids songs of praise.  We used to sing them in the car constantly.  They now come to mind often. We sang fun songs of praise, joyful songs of praise, and worshipful songs of praise.  God made a beautiful world; rejoice in it!  God gave you salvation; sing of Jesus!  God loves you unconditionally; sing praise!

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