I'm not usually one of those "flop-it-open-and-whatever-your-eyes-land-on kind" of people. Today, I didn't know where to go. "Hmmm," I thought, "Psalms has many promises from the Lord. I'll head there." After flipping through some pages, my eyes fell on chapter 71. I read the first eight verses and began to weep. God had used His Word one more time to bless me and help me in my time of need.
In short, the Psalmist wrote, "...thou art my hope, O Lord God: thou art my trust from my youth (vs. 5)...Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honour all the day." I've known the Lord and trusted Him since I was five years old. He's never failed me yet! I will praise Him even in this trial, this storm.
No matter what you are going through, take time to praise the Lord. As I began to do this, my spirits lifted. During devotions with the kids later in the morning, I shared with them the same thing and my heart felt lighter. We had a time of praise in our prayer time. It was great! Our whole day went better. We are still in the midst of a storm, but our outlook has changed. Instead of looking at the wind and waves, we focused on the Master of the wind and waves!
Be encouraged today to praise God anyhow!
Be educated in God's Word to know He is our hope!
Be equipped with His promises to fight the enemy of discouragement!