Speak to Yourself
Praise the LORD, I tell myself; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, I tell myself, and never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He ransoms me from death and surrounds me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagles! The LORD gives righteousness and justice to all who are treated unfairly. He revealed his character to Moses and his deeds to the people of Israel. The LORD is merciful and gracious; he is slow to get angry and full of unfailing love. He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever. He has not punished us for all our sins, nor does he deal with us as we deserve. For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our rebellious acts as far away from us as the east is from the west. The LORD is like a father to
his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him. For he
understands how weak we are; he knows we are only dust.
Say you're under a spiritual attack, and if you are a born again believer and you are doing your best to follow hard after Him then it would be a sure bet to say that you are under attack. Would it be safe to assume that it is an almost constant daily battle? Let's say that you know the Word, and that you know who you are in Christ, but, do you act on it? For myself I'd have to say not always. And that 'not always' is exactly what gets me into trouble. We're being set up for the big trap with those little things that build up into big things that get out of control.
I have found myself at times feeling spiritually dead as a doornail. Mind you that is a feeling. Why, it was because I was tired of the battle and decided I needed a break. Did the break do me any good? No, in fact it meant that I had to work twice as hard to catch up to where I left off.
When I am down and depressed by what life brings me, I really do need to speak to myself to remember to Praise the Lord when I am down. And to remind myself of the good things that the Lord does for me. And because I am a child of God He will listen to me. He may not do things the way I think He should but he will take care of me and my situation.
When I praise Him, He becomes real to me. His love and tender mercies surround my heart and mind and give me strength. It is then, my youth is renewed like the eagle's. When we praise Him do you realize that God takes notice! He is the one true and Holy God that deserves our praise, man likes to take credit for a lot of things but it is God and God only that deserves our praise.
When you act on Gods word, you begin to see the results. Results are the fruits that God wants to see in our lives. Bearing fruit makes our lives worthwhile, because we can know the certainty of God's pleasure.
Father, I pray that I will rise up to the occasion, with hope in my heart and a voice to speak to myself. Your word says that you inhabit our praise and by faith I know you are with me! Thank You, for being there.
In His Love,
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