Praise and Honor...All The Day

I woke up yesterday morning with a heavy heart. It was one of those times when I couldn't shake it by just getting my mind off of my troubles.  Tears streaming down my cheeks I cried to the Lord for help.  If things didn't change in just a few minutes I knew that it was going to be impossible to be the cheerful mommy that my family needed me to be.  I grabbed my Bible and nearly begged God to speak to me.  I needed encouragement and I needed it NOW!

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!

1 comment:

Homemakers Cottage said...

I needed this today, Sis Niki! It's been a bit rough around here lately... but GOD IS SO GOOD. Thanks for the reminder to praise Him. ~Kristy