David asked his soul why it was so cast down. He had every reason to be feeling bad; he was pursued and fleeing for his life! Yet, you may wonder why he asked himself that question.
What I love about David is that he always answers himself. He loved God and knew that His mercy was with him at all times. He understood both from God’s Word and from personal testimonies that God commands His love in the day and songs in the night.
He seems to be a third person standing between God and His outstretched arms and his feelings. Psalm 42 verse five says that he commanded his soul to hope in God and praise Him despite the horrible circumstances.
It may take a forceful act of will for you to literally command praise to erupt from your lips. The worse you feel, the less you feel like praising and singing!
But, praise and thanksgiving causes God to command his mercy towards you during the day and give you songs of joy in the night, just as He did for David.
That is such a beautiful picture of how God inhabits the praises of His people, and sends extra love, as it were, to pierce through the most burdened soul. You have the Holy Spirit abiding inside you since the moment of salvation. Remember: Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world!
The first commandment to love your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might is there to protect you!
“Draw nigh to God, and He will draw night to you…Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.” (Heb. 10: 8; 10)
Poisonous vipers attacked the Israelites in the wilderness. But all who looked upon a bronze snake held high on a post were instantly healed from their mortal wounds. That emblem represents Jesus Christ on the cross, bearing your sins and sorrows. Bronze represents judgment; He already paid the price once and for all for your adversity!
What awesome grace! You owe Him eternal gratitude for that plus all the blessings He bestows on you daily! The Israelites who looked down on their panic and affliction died. The ones who looked up were healed and rejoiced in God’s goodness.
Would you rather be looking down at your problems, or will you choose to look up and love the Lord your God with all your heart despite your circumstances? It is a choice, but one that will radically change your life!
“Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in His commandments.” (Ps. 112: 1)
Ann Stewart is author of With Wings As Eagles, http://with-wings-as-eagles.com and writes articles to inspire and encourage you to fulfill the purpose God has for your life. http://www.lifealteringwords.com
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