This devotion was sent to me in an email recently and I thought it was too good to share. It is difficult to praise God when things are difficult in our lives but that is the time that we need to do it the most. Even in our struggles God is still good to us. Imagine how much more difficult that situation would be if God were not in control.
The Switch that Turns on the Light
I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me.
Psalm 13:2, NIV
King David knew that the secret of victory over adversity was a conscious choice to praise God. Again and again, as he cries out to God in prayer, we hear his choice to praise: “How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? . . . Look on me and answer, O Lord my God. . . . But I will trust in your ; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for he has been good to me” (Ps. 13:2-6, NIV). David, hounded by Saul and living as a fugitive for years in a nation where he was the national hero as well as the anointed king, exercised his will to praise God even when he just didn’t feel like it.
Praise is the switch that turns on the light of joy in our lives even when it’s “dark” outside. And the resulting “light” causes others to see the glory of God in our lives.
Anne Graham Lotz
Being still is not the easiest thing in the world for me to do. Actually, I am rarely still…..there is always a foot or leg moving even when I am sitting down. I am not a still sleeper either…..I wake up most mornings with the covers halfway off the bed! Needless to say, I am not good at being still either when it comes to hearing from God. That though was the word that keeps being spoken to me in this season. It is so easy during a difficult season to focus on our problems and even try to find ways to solve them ourselves. Not only that, but there are so many distractions, so many things competing for our attention.
Chapter 46 of Psalms opens up with David describing God is our strength and refuge and a very present help in trouble. He goes by saying no matter what happens, whether the mountains slip into the sea that God is still in the midst of us and we will not be moved. In verse 10 we are told to “be still and know that I am God.” Another translation says to “cease striving”. That is a difficult thing for me to do but I am learning that when I cease striving, then I can allow God to do what He needs to do to let me know that HE is God and that nothing goes unnoticed by Him and He will work everything out for my good and His glory.
Immmmmmmmmmmm Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!! I know it has been awhile since I have written a post and in that time, lots of ideas have floated around my head but the energy to actually write something was just not there.
Anyway, sometimes we have to fall flat on our face or end up flat on our backs…..in my case it was both…..to realize that just getting by in life is not enough. So many times we settle for okay when God wants to give us abundant life. Yeah, living life hurts and we sometimes just go through the motions of living because we don’t want to get hurt or feel the hurt. If we want to live the life that God has for us, then we need to live. I have decided during this season of my life I am not going back to okay. I am striving to find life and to live it more abundantly.
The lyrics to the song Never Going Back to Okay by The Afters, describe exactly how I feel. Watch the video also, this is a great song.It’s not the end, but it feels like it is
I’m waking up, like I’m back from the dead
I’m stepping out, and I feel so free
But as long as I’m moving it’s all right
I feel alive, and it hurts for a change
No looking back
It’s hard to believe that I was cool
With the days that I wasted
Complacent and tasteless and bored
But that was yesterday…
We’re never going back to OK (OK)
We’re never going back to easy
We’re never going back to the way it was
We’re never going back to OK
This discontent, like a slap in the face
I’m mediocre, I’ve had enough of this place
This party’s over, and I’m moving away
from the thrills of your Beverly Hills
That was yesterday…