“But I will sing of Your power; Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning. For You have been my defense and refuge in the day of trouble. To You, O my Strength, I will sing praises; For God is my defense. My God of mercy. Psalm 59:16 – 17
When you give God praise in the midst of your adversity, He shows up to help you. Here, in this passage, King David is on the run from his enemies. He is hiding out in the wilderness, going back and forth between asking God to take them out and singing songs of praise.
Ultimately, the praise wins out and God also defends David and protects him against his enemies. Praise becomes an effective weapon against the struggles and adversities of life. In fact, throughout the book of Psalms, you will find that David constantly praises God for His might and power. David constantly affirms that God can deliver him out of the hand of the enemy. He blesses the Lord and never fails to thank Him for his presence. (Psalm 103:1)
Can we do any less when we are going through trials than praise God for His might, affirm His power to deliver us, and bless Him? With this type of praise strategy, we can have victory in our lives too. When you feel at your lowest, praise your way through! When things aren’t going right, praise your way through!
In Acts 16:22 – 26, the apostle Paul recounts the story of he and Silas being thrown into prison for preaching the gospel. But while locked behind bars, they begin to sing songs of praise to God. And at midnight, there is an earthquake and their chains fall loose and the prison doors swing open! They walk out with no problem. Do you need an earthquake like this in your life? Then praise your way through!
Maybe it seems like midnight in your life. Maybe, like David, it seems like the enemies of poverty, illness, or problems have you on the run. Maybe, like Paul and Silas, you feel imprisoned by your current set of circumstances. But,we can take a note from David, Paul, and Silas – all we have to do is praise our way through the darkness. Our deliverance is near!
Today’s Affirmation: “I will praise God in spite of my circumstances.”