Depressed? Offended? Discouraged? O, let me tell you...I sure have been. I must be real with you. My obedience to submit to God has been absent, leading to the 'praises' of what I am depressed about, of who has offended me and why I am so 'freakin' discouraged. I have tried to invite others to my self-pitied, depressing rants, but no one will join me. What the heck?
Well, praise God that no one has joined me, because I am incredibly wow'ed by Almighty God, The Most Famous One. I am wow'ed in great belief that God in all His glorious fame longs for me to long for Him.
Words cannot explain the incredible, indescribable, mind twisting awe that I have towards Him. I woke up this morning with a text from my friend Julie, who after a series of text messages of encouragement reminded me of what must be continually in my mouth as she pointed me to the Word by the power of the Holy Spirit.
As my mind for the past few days have overflowed with rehearsed hurts that I received, which I should not have, I was so beautifully and lovingly reminded by our God of this beautiful Psalm that David poured forth. This principle of praise is an eternal principle that applied over 4,000 years ago, and still does at this very moment. I was reminded so gently, yet powerfully of what must be continually in my mouth...the praises of God.
When the praises of God are continually in my mouth, then that is what is in the forefront of my mind and heart. The praises to God gives me the ability to cast down thoughts that need NOT be entertained for one moment.
Father God in the Name of Jesus thank You for Your Comforter and Strengthener of Your Holy Spirit. Father, I thank You for the tools that are readily available to each of us...the power of praise is essential as it allows our eyes to be fixed where they must be...on YOU! Thank You Lord for strengthening my brothers and sisters who are in need of this reminder. For some of us it is a moment by moment walk of praise, allowing us with Your grace to rise above the circumstances, proclaiming and declaring the power of Your God! I love You Lord, you are greatly to be praised!