But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me. I will sing to the Lord because he is good to me.Psalm 13:5-6, New Living Translation
David is having another bad day. And yet again he turns it round to praising God in the end. There’s a lot we can learn from that. Even when things are feeling all against him, David still finds these words at the end. In the last post, about Psalm 12 I wrote about God testing and purifying us through what are often, unfortunately, painful processes.
In Acts 16, we find Paul and Silas locked up in prison for preaching the gospel, sharing the good news of Jesus. It would have been easy for them to feel like David did at the start of this Psalm, that God had left them and abandoned them. They could have felt hurt or betrayed even. Instead, they chose to praise and worship God, despite what was going on around them. God sent an earthquake, broke the walls down and set them free. There is power in praising before the event.
You might be waiting for God to break a wall down for you or to break through in a difficult situation. Keep on praising God even though you don’t know what’s going to happen or how it’ll all work out. Know that we trust and follow a God who is in control, has beaten death and promises us new life in him.
Dear God thank you that you are in control, that you make things work out in the end! You are high above all else and we praise you no matter what is going on, when we can’t see what’s ahead of us or how things are going to play out. Amen