Sing praises!

June 26, 2012

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
 ©

But I will sing of your strength,
in the morning I will sing of your love;
for you are my fortress,
my refuge in times of trouble.
O my Strength, I sing praise to you;
you, O God, are my fortress, my loving God.
(Psalms 59:16-17 (NIV))

What do you think of when you think of someone singing?

If you are like most people, you will probably think that the person who is singing is joyful and happy. Occasionally, you will find someone singing when they are depressed and sad, but you will not find them singing joyful songs. David sang praises no matter how he felt, for he knew that God was the same regardless of what may be happening in his life. God still provided a fortress and a place of refuge in both the good times and in the times of trouble.

I find it difficult to be like David and sing praises in the times of trouble. It is human nature to focus on the situation at hand and complain because we feel abandoned. If we would only stop to realize that God is still there, we could easily turn our attitudes around.

You turned my wailing into dancing;
you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
that my heart may sing to you and not be silent.
O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever.
(Psalms 30:11-12 (NIV))

No matter what situation we may find ourselves in, we must always sing praises to God. When we sing praises to God, it does not allow the enemy to gain an entrance into our lives. It does not allow the enemy to use our self-pity to turn us against God. When times are troubled, we must turn to God and rely fully on His grace and mercy. I don’t know about you, but thinking about God’s grace and mercy is always enough to get me singing – well, at least on the inside.

Copyright 1998 – 2012 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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What is your song when you walk through darkness?

January 31, 2012

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
 ©

The LORD will command His loving kindness in the daytime; And His song will be with me in the night, A prayer to the God of my life.
(Psalms 42:8 (NIV))

I do not know of anyone that is afraid of the daylight. It is warm and inviting. It is full of hope and vision. All is clearly visible in the daylight.

Consider the darkness. When you walk in an area that is dark and unknown, you grow fearful. What do you do when you begin to feel fear? Most people sing! Perhaps this is a God given mechanism to fight fear.

Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
(Psalms 100:2(NIV))

When we sing, we are professing joy. This joy is a joy that comes from God. It is a joy that embraces the light. It calls upon Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior in the midst of all trials and tribulations.

The darkness represents sin. It is an attack of the enemy of God. When we are in darkness, either literally or figuratively, we should sing with joy to the God who gave us a Savior. We should gladly call upon the name of Jesus Christ to see us through the darkness.

What is your song when you walk through darkness?

Copyright 1998 – 2012 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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