3.16.2017

Choose to remember - and give PRAISE.

Discouragement.
Disappointment.
Frustration.
Hurtful words and bad attitudes.
Selfishness.
Too much pride to say, "I'm sorry."
Failure.
Sin chosen over obedience in the split second when the choice is available.
Some days are just plain HARD.

David cried out in dramatic despair to the Lord, woefully recounting his sorrows for the first half of Psalm 77 - until - he chooses to remember who His God is and spends the rest of the chapter praising the Lord.

I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
yes, I will remember Your wonders of old.
I will ponder all Your work,
and meditate on Your mighty deeds.
Your way, O God, is holy.
What god is great like our God?
Psalm 77
And we must do the same.

On difficult days like today, when I feel like I can do nothing right and see more failure than obedience, I need Scriptures like these to push away the gloom and despair that blinds me so my gaze can once again be fixed on the author and perfecter of my faith, and the lover of my soul.

I pray the words of Scripture will encourage you as you reflect on how amazing and wonderful He is.
Even on the worst of days.

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! 
How unsearchable are His judgments and how inscrutable His ways!
“For who has known the mind of the Lord,
or who has been His counselor?”
“Or who has given a gift to Him
that He might be repaid?”
For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. 
To Him be glory forever. 
Amen.
Romans 11:33-36

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20, 21

To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. I Timothy 1:17

Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of His glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. Jude 24, 25

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing! …To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever! Revelation 5:12, 13

Thank You, Lord, for the beauty of Scripture. Thank You for the words, phrases, and images You use to help us understand who You are, and remind us that You are a God of power and glory who deserves unending praise and adoration. It is easy to forget Your grandeur when we set our eyes on our circumstances and put our hope in humans who are as weak and frail as we are, expecting them to meet our needs and offer us the joy and contentment only You can give. Forgive me, Lord, when I cease to praise You, and please, grab my chin and turn my head in the right direction so I can see You, fix my eyes on You - and be at peace. I love You, Lord, but I want to love You more. Teach me, I pray.

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