“I will praise you, LORD, with all my heart; before the “gods” I will sing your praise. I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise your name for your unfailing love and your faithfulness, for you have so exalted your solemn decree that it surpasses your fame. When I called, you answered me; you greatly emboldened me.
May all the kings of the earth praise you, LORD, when they hear what you have decreed. May they sing of the ways of the LORD, for the glory of the LORD is great.
Though the LORD is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly; though lofty, he sees them from afar.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life. You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes; with your right hand you save me. The LORD will vindicate me; your love, LORD, endures forever— do not abandon the works of your hands.” Psalm 138:1-8
Yesterday morning I awoke feeling drained and as if all of my energy had gotten up earlier and abandoned me for the day. I drudgingly proceeded with my morning routine of straightening a few things in the house, getting Joshua and myself ready for the day, and heading out with no enthusiasm whatsoever.
On my way to work yesterday, as for the past few days, I felt far from the presence of my heavenly Father. I had carried a very heavy heart for several days and was wrestling with the enemy and his lies once again. I was missing my Father, His comfort, peace, and joy that I’ve grown accustomed to feeling each day. I know He is there whether I feel His presence or not. He has promised in His Word to never leave us or forsake us. But, I longed to feel Him. I could sense Him saying, “I miss you also and am here waiting for you to make time for me.”
I realized that I had allowed the day to day events of work, home, and family overtake my attention and distract me from that which is most important to me; time with my creator, my heavenly Father. It is easy to get caught up in being so busy functioning in life that we become distracted from that which is most important. The same thing happened to Martha. She got so caught up in serving others that she failed to recognize that spending time at the feet of Jesus was most important. We have to manage to find the balance between Martha and Mary. The wonderful news is that His grace is sufficient and all things are possible with Christ.
After I got to work yesterday, I saw a post by a friend on Facebook asking for prayer because she and her husband had been informed that her son had committed suicide. Later in the day, she posted that the results of her husband’s biopsy had come back positive. I only know this woman through Facebook, but she is my sister in Christ and my heart was broken for her. I prayed for her. I cried for her. My heart was so very heavy for her.
I was amazed by this woman’s attitude in subsequent posts on Facebook. If anyone had a right to wallow in a bed of pity and sorrow I would believe it would be her. Yet, her attitude was not one of defeat, brokenness, or pity. She was standing strong and firm in faith; trusting and believing the Father to conquer the enemy and overcome! This woman may never know the powerful impact she had me yesterday. I realized how critical it is for us to make time for our Father, not just to feel His presence but to be fully clothed in His armor when faced with an attack from the enemy and to PRAISE HIM IN ALL THINGS.
This morning, I began my day at the feet of Jesus, praising Him; thanking Him. I made time for my heavenly Father. I found Him, His love, comfort, peace, and joy there waiting for me; just as He said it was.
It’s easy to let our sorrows overtake us. It’s easy to develop a negative attitude and grant the enemy access to our lives through it. If we’re not careful we will find ourselves focusing on all the things that we consider to be negatives in our lives; my husband, my wife, my children, my co-workers, my job, my finances, my…. Don’t give the enemy the victory in your day or your life by focusing on the things that you consider to be negatives! Whatever your circumstances, whatever you face today; find something, anything, regardless of how small it may be to be thankful for. Focus on that one thing today and you will discover so many other things to be thankful for. Whatever you do, JUST PRAISE HIM!
“Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.
Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.
Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.
Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.
Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.” Psalm 150:1-6