{Day 16} Praise in the Midst

“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.

The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.”

Psalm 9:1-2 & 9-10 (ESV)

From the journal . . .

I’ve been reading through the Psalms again this summer. Slowly. Sometimes reading barely a few verses before stumbling on a promise that I so desperately need to hear and savor.

Barely twenty chapters in, I have noticed again just how much praise and thanksgiving the Psalmist offers to the Lord in the midst of despair, heartache, fear, unknown, tragedy, and legitimate danger – even possible death at the hand of his enemies.

How easy it is in the midst of such hard circumstances to turn our eyes away from the Lord and focus all our attention on the circumstance itself.

But as we cry out in desperation, as we turn to the Lord with our complaints and frustrations and anguish, may we never forget to praise in the midst.

And in that praise, as we surrender once again and allow the Lord to take over our hearts and lives, as we acknowledge His continual presence in every circumstance, as we recognize His hand that guides, may we find perspective restored, soul refreshed, and trust renewed.

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