Monday, April 8, 2019

With Songs of Joy!

By: Joanne Viola

At some point in life, we all experience a time in the "wilderness". These are days spent going through difficulties or discomfort.

King David fully knew the emotions as he found himself alone in the desert and hiding from his enemies. There was much he lacked in the wilderness ... he had no company, no water, and no relief from the heat or conditions. 

"O God, You are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water." 
(Psalm 63: 1, NLT)

There in the desert, while his physical needs were shouting to be satisfied, David discovered his greater need was for God. 
David chose not to focus on his lack, instead he chose to adjust his focus.

"I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory." 
(verse 2, NLT)

David also chose to sing praises to his God rather than complain. 

"Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you! I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer."
(verses 3-4, NLT)

We need to recognize the power of praise. As we praise Him for what we have, and take our eyes off of what we are lacking, God will meet us right in that very place. 

"You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy." 
(verse 5, NLT)

God will fill our dry and thirsty souls. He alone will fill our mouths with praise, complete satisfy our souls, and fill our hearts with joy!
"all that I have, piles of nothing
all that I am, dust

all that I need, You
as You I magnify
and You I glorify
You will satisfy
all that I am."

(by Karen Fendick, “From Ashes To Glory: A Psalm a Day"

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