Psalm 89:1-18 (New Century Version)
1 I will always sing about the Lord's love; I will tell of his loyalty from now on.
2 I will say, "Your love continues forever; your loyalty goes on and on like the sky."
3 You said, "I made an agreement with the man of my choice;
I made a promise to my servant David.
4 I told him, 'I will make your family continue forever.
Your kingdom will go on and on.' "
5 Lord, the heavens praise you for your miracles
and for your loyalty in the meeting of your holy ones.
6 Who in heaven is equal to the Lord?
None of the angels is like the Lord.
7 When the holy ones meet, it is God they fear.
He is more frightening than all who surround him.
8 Lord God All-Powerful, who is like you?
Lord, you are powerful and completely trustworthy.
9 You rule the mighty sea
and calm the stormy waves.
10 You crushed the sea monster Rahab;
by your power you scattered your enemies.
11 The skies and the earth belong to you.
You made the world and everything in it.
12 You created the north and the south.
Mount Tabor and Mount Hermon sing for joy at your name.
13 Your arm has great power.
Your hand is strong; your right hand is lifted up.
14 Your kingdom is built on what is right and fair.
Love and truth are in all you do.
15 Happy are the people who know how to praise you.
Lord, let them live in the light of your presence.
16 In your name they rejoice
and continually praise your goodness.
17 You are their glorious strength,
and in your kindness you honor our king.
18 Our king, our shield, belongs to the Lord,
to the Holy One of Israel.
As we learn how to overcome our difficulties by giving God glory, we need to always remember that we can never give Him too much glory. The amazing thing about this is that as we continuously focus on giving God praise and glory, and as we daily commit the problem to God, not only is it easier for us to go through, but you will notice that we conquer the situation much more quickly. As the psalmist above tells us:
15 Happy are the people who know how to praise you. Lord, let them live in the light of your presence. 16 In your name they rejoice and continually praise your goodness.
We need to develop a habit of utilizing this strategy of in everything we do, and also us it through every problem we encounter. Once we do, our lives will be more focused on serving God, and we will find our difficulties will be much less important. Our joy will show through in everything we do, and our new witness will be an attraction to others.
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