Praise the Lord

God watches over us. He leads us, He comforts us, and He cares for us. David knew this to be true. He had experienced God working on his behalf repeatedly. David is thought to have authored half to two-thirds of the Psalms found in the Good Book (the Holy Bible).

The Psalms are the longest collection of biblical poetry found in the Bible and consist of prayers, hymns, laments, and songs covering a vast range of human experience. The Psalms are often seen in the Old Testament being used in worship. The Psalms are an ancient, well-crafted book of prayer and spiritual songs.

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Genuinely praising the Lord demands a grateful heart and a humble spirit. Regardless of our present circumstance, we can look through the pages of our life story and find many beautiful things that God has done for us that give us ample cause to be grateful. In examining the sea of blessings the Lord has showered us with, we cannot help but be humbled, for He has provided for us time and time again, even in our deepest, darkest defeats and failures.

David experienced, first-hand, what it means to watch God turn our greatest defeats and failures into blessings, not only for himself but for others. Thus, God should receive all the glory for the wonderful things He has done. Therefore, our souls should cry out with praise for the Lord of Lords and King of Kings who showers us with goodness and mercy all the days of our life.

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The Lord Is My Shepherd

23 A Psalm of David.

    The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

        He makes me lie down in green pastures.

He leads me beside still waters.

        He restores my soul.

He leads me in paths of righteousness

for his name’s sake.

    Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil,

for you are with me;

your rod and your staff,

they comfort me.

    You prepare a table before me

in the presence of my enemies;

you anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows.

    Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me

all the days of my life,

and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord

forever.

 

Some Days Are Harder Than Others

Life is downright hard some days. You juggle multiple irons burning in the fire at near lightspeed and manage to accomplish the laundry list of to-dos without overstepping your boundaries or hurting anyone. All day, you’ve managed to keep all four wheels between the lines as you truck down life’s highway. And then life deals you an unexpected blow or smacks you in the face with all its force for no other apparent reason other than because it can. You know—those moments where life takes your breath away but not in a good way. As people of faith, we are not immune from these valleys we stumble into along our journey. Life hurts. Yes, Virginia: the Struggle is real. 

What do we do?

As believers, we are called to continue on, faithfully, walking humbly, acting gently, being grateful, and nurturing a spirit of forgiveness. In our words and deeds, we show love, blessing even those who curse us. Even when it hurts. Yes, we mourn, and we grieve. Yes, we fervently pray, begging God for relief from our struggles. But it doesn’t end there. We get up and go on, moving forward, towards the prize, running the race with all our might until the very end.

As redeemed children of God Most High, we are all in recovery, rescued from our shortcomings, no longer bound by the chains of sin, while all the while, day by day, learning how to live life because He lives. It’s not easy. We aren’t perfect. But we are changed, no longer the same. Like new creations learning to find our way, we stumble, and we struggle, getting up after each fall.

God is SO good. Even on our worst days, He shepherds us, providing all we need to maneuver through the trials and tribulations this earthly life brings, from time to time during different seasons. In our plight, we turn to the Lord, showing our dependence on Him to traverse the storms life brings our way.

Jesus Calms a Storm Matthew 8:23-27 (ESV)
And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”

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