“And He brought forth His people with joy, and His chosen with gladness.”
When things are going badly and you feel like giving up, pray; Lord; help me to remember Your Word ….
“The joy of the Lord is my strength” (Nehemiah 8:10).
We can “choose” to be joyous in the midst of trials!
You’re calling us to rejoice in You always. You do not leave us on our own when our time of testing comes. You are there for us in our time of every need ….
“But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”(Philippians 4:4,19).
His timing is not ours, yet He will never leave us wanting or needing anything! Sometimes, we simply must wait ….
“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).
When we are deeply conscious of our own weakness, You will always come to us with Your Word of strength …..
“My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9). Through Your Word, we receive strength. Your Word brings joy to us. May we sing songs of victory ….
“The Lord is my strength and song, and is become my salvation. The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly”
Lord; I thank You that You do not leave me on my own when my time of testing comes. You are always with me in my times of need ….. I praise You in spite of what the enemy is throwing at me …..
If you’re having a hard time, decide right now to take a deep breath, recognize that the Holy Spirit is with you, and that you can decide and then choose to praise Him despite what is going on around you. When you praise in the midst of pressure, you pound on the enemy’s plans. Joy is a choice. Keep praising!!! The devil is defeated!!!
“I will bless the Lord at ALL TIMES: His praise shall CONTINUALLY be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together. I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked unto Him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed. This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear Him, and delivereth them. O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him. O fear the Lord, ye His saints: for there is no want to them that fear Him. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing. Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord. What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and His ears are open unto their cry. The face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of ALL their troubles. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all. He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken. Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate. The Lord redeemeth the soul of His servants: and none of them that trust in Him shall be desolate.” (Psalm 34).
God is with us …..