What do you think of first when you hear or read the name of King David? Most children immediately think of David and Goliath. Most women think of David the worshipper with his harp or lyre in hand. Most men think of David the warrior. If you read through the old testament, you will realise that David, despite being the king of Israel, did not have an easy life. His wife gave him grief. His son turned on him. His father-in-law wanted to kill him. He was betrayed more than once. He had to hide more than once. He was forever fighting, so much so that God did no permit him to build the temple – he had too much blood on his hands. Yet he came through as ‘a man after God’s own heart’. Why?
Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
David wasn’t moved by what he saw. David knew about faith long before the book of Hebrews was written. David knew the power of worship regardless of circumstances.
So what trouble are you facing today? Stop focusing on it right now. Stop moping about it right now. God made this day! Rejoice!!! Make a conscious decision to praise God today regardless of your problems AND start doing it right how! Give Him thanks. Give Him praise. He is an awesome God! I guarantee you that if you start praising with your whole heart, your day will instantly improve.
Let’s join the ranks of David…. This is the day that the Lord has made. I WILL rejoice and be glad in it! Will you?
Some people always find something to be grateful for. Others always find something to complain and sulk about. Some people choose to be optimists, others choose to be pessimists. Some people deliberately choose to be in a good mood, others prefer to be grumpy each day. Which profile best describes you?
I have a challenge for you. Somebody started the idea of 100 happy days. Check it out http://www.100happydays.com. I signed up. The idea is that you deliberately look for reasons to be happy, each day, for 100 days and that you share your happy moments with the world. Shall we extend it just a little? Share with us your reasons not only to be happy, but also those for which you are thankful. God is good all the time, we just don’t take the time to look around and count our blessings. For the next 100 days, I will share my reasons for being happy and my reasons for being grateful.
Who will join me?
Jer 29:11 is one of my favourite scriptures in the Word. It is a well known verse often used to encourage people who experience hardship of some sort. Yesterday however, I looked at this verse from a different angle.
God’s plans for you are good yes. He wants to give you hope. He wants to give you a brilliant future. He wants to bless you in every aspect of your life. Nowhere in the Bible does it mention anything to the contrary. GOD IS GOOD AND HE WANTS TO BLESS YOU.
But… Yes there is a BUT….
What are YOU doing about it?
You are the one that have to make the decisions. God will not make it on your behalf. If you ask for wisdom and direction, He will give that too. But if you stubbornly persist in the Frank Sinatra way (I did it MY way), you will probably end up in a hard place somewhere wondering why life is so tough. If you invest in a deep and intimate relationship with God, you will find it easy to avoid sin and you will be blessed. But if you stubbornly persist in sin, you will miss the blessing. If you choose to live the life of the righteous, you will inherit ALL the promises God made to the righteous. If you choose to be lukewarm, living the double life of going to church in Sundays and being an absolute menace all the other days, you will have nothing but problems. Yes there is grace and mercy, but your life will have hard. All the spiritual laws will still apply, regardless of grace and mercy.
If you choose to invest time in your relationship with God, you will grow spiritually and you will be blessed.
If you choose to invest time in your secret sin, life will just become harder and harder.
So what are YOU doing about the promises of God?