IN EVERYTHING GIVE THANKS!

Psalms – Prayers of Honesty
 
We all experience times when we cry out to God and ask why, what just happened, how can that be and where do I go next and who is for me on the journey. The bottom line is WHO doing we look for in the messiness of life. WHO do we focus our thoughts on as we cope with a new normal? WHO do we ask for help? WHO do we count on no matter what is happening around us? WHO is always with us and guides us over and through the barriers and entanglements of life? WHO is the Light in the dark?
 
Psalm 43, The Message
 
1-2 Clear my name, God; stick up for me
against these loveless, immoral people.
Get me out of here, away
from these lying degenerates.
I counted on you, God.
Why did you walk out on me?
Why am I pacing the floor, wringing my hands
over these outrageous people?
 
Psalm 43 God3-4 Give me your lantern and compass,
give me a map,
So I can find my way to the sacred mountain,
to the place of your presence,
To enter the place of worship,
meet my exuberant God,
Sing my thanks with a harp,
magnificent God, my God.
 
5 Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul?
Why are you crying the blues?
Fix my eyes on God—
soon I’ll be praising again.
He puts a smile on my face.
He’s my God.
 
Psalm 43 3.JPGSOMETHING TO CHEW…
The repeated refrain (42:5, 11; 43:5) and the general theme of these two psalms would indicate that the two psalms were no doubt originally one, but nobody seems to know why they were separated. Korah was a grandson of Kohath and was killed for rebelling against the Lord (Num. 16). However, his sons escaped judgment (Num. 16:11) and became worship leaders in the sanctuary (1 Chron. 9:19ff.; 26:1-19).
 
The psalms are intensely personal, containing over fifty personal pronouns; and the writer fluctuated between faith and despair as he wrestled with the Lord. He questions the Lord eleven times as he wonders why God doesn’t do something for him. Through worship, however, with focus back on God he finds victory and peace.
 
HEART CHECK:
 
Think of a recent bad time in your life when you thought all was lost? Who did you turn to first? How did worship pull you through it?
 
In this honest prayer-psalm, the landscape changes as the dawn announces the morning and reminds the psalmist of God’s light and truth (v. 3). What reminds us of God’s Truth, Light and Love when going through hard times? Does it prompt praise?
 
NOTICE: The “living God” (42:2) became “the God of my life” (42:8), and now He is “God my exceeding joy … God, my God” (43:4 nasb). His focus is no longer on himself, his disappointments, or his circumstances, but on the Lord his God; and that makes all the difference.
 
The refrain in 43:5 must not be read with the same dejected voice as 42:5 and 11, for faith in Jehovah has changed everything. The New King James Version translates verse 5, “Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance.” The word help can be translated “health.” When by faith we see the face of God smiling upon us (Num. 6:22-27), our own countenance brightens up and becomes spiritually healthy. We know that God is for us, that God will set us free and guide us to His Holy City, where we shall worship Him and sing His praises. “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning” (30:5 nkjv).
 
Psalm 43 lyre
Sing a new song of joy for the Lord, Our God is for us, not against us!
 
Dear Heavenly Father,
You are God and we are not. When life becomes difficult you do not leave us, you help us. You are for us, not against us. You will lead us through the waters and help us climb mountains! Thank you, Lord. We can do nothing without You. With You, nothing is impossible! I will praise you in good times and bad.
In Jesus Name, Amen
 
And I’m singing…
 
In everything give Him thanks
Give Him thanks
In everything give thanks
Give Him thanks
In the good times praise His name
In the bad times do the same
In everything give the King of kings
All the thanks
 
With all the good things
That had come His way
It’s no wonder
You could hear Job say
The Lord giveth and He taketh away
I’ll give Him thanks
But when the tables were all turned around
And Job’s world came crashing down
His faith in God caused Job to say
I’ll still give Him thanks
When trouble comes
And there’s no one around
Satan tries to tell me
That God’s let me down
Through ev’ry dark hour
The best thing I’ve found
Is to give God the thanks
For He has never
Failed me yet
So why should I start now
To worry or fret
In eve’rything I won’t ever forget
To give God the thanks
 
(By Donna Alley)

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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