I know currently there are millions of people who are hurting due to the current pandemic and I want to give you some encouragement. I’ve been a Christian for over twenty years and I’m still learning this lesson I’m about to share. I at times get so caught up in the negative news cycles and focused on my problems, that I forget to show thankfulness to God. God has provided us with salvation in Christ and His mercies are new each day we rise, yet I find myself complaining about my circumstances.
I read about thankfulness in the Psalms and it was a reminder of God’s goodness. The Psalms were not always written in the best of circumstances. Many of the Psalms were written during times of war, sickness, depression, betrayal, God’s silence, and a host of other emotions. I believe the Psalms reflect the ups and downs of everyday life. However, something striking about the Psalms are how the writers would express hope and praise during their darkest times. The writers praised God and showed gratitude in the midst of trials. I want to share a handful of verses to remind us to realign our hearts and spirits during this difficult time.
“I will give thanks to the Lord according to His righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.” (Psalm 7:17, NASB).
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, and with my song I shall thank Him.” (Psalm 28:7, NASB).
“Hear, O Lord, and be gracious to me; O Lord, be my helper. You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have loosened my sackcloth and girded me with gladness, That my soul may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.” (Psalm 30:10-12,NASB).
“My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises! Awake, my glory! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken at dawn. I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to You among the nations.” (Psalm 57:7-9, NASB).
“But I am afflicted and in pain; May Your salvation, O God, set me securely on high. I will praise the name of God with song And magnify Him with thanksgiving.” (Psalm 69:29-30, NASB).
“Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name.I will give thanks to You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, and will glorify Your name forever.” (Psalm 86:11-12, NASB).
“O come, let us sing for joy to the Lord, let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving. Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.” (Psalm 95:1-3, NASB).
These seven verses are just a sample of the richness of the Psalms and their songs of praise. What if we were to simply take one time a day to praise God for everything He’s done for us? What if we were to make a devotional out of praise Scriptures? Do you believe joy would come back into our lives? If we kept a heart of praise towards God, I believe that our spirits would search for the light,even in the midst of the scariest darkness. God bless you.