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Daily Bread : Psalm 42

March 30, 2012

Why I am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again – my Savior and my God! Psalm 42:11 NLT

This Psalm really inspired me this morning. It is a powerful passage of King David (author) going through some trials in his life and an obvious tough time. But what I love so much and what is so powerful he doesnt allow his mental troubles to effect his spiritual strength.  This is so common for many of us, whenever we face external challenges the common reaction is to begin doubting God. Is God really there? Does he really love me?

We allow the devil to fill ourselves with all these lies of negativity. If you think about it when we do this we are so weak and foolish. There are hundreds if not thousands of verses in the Bible that either directly speak of Gods unfailing love and faithfulness, or passages that point to his love and faithfulness.

Sometimes we even like to blame God. Typical human instinct that, its never my fault. We continue on in our sorrows and negativity, rather than getting in the Word of God which is nothing but TRUTH. We all need to have a self-check mindset, or be able to look within and see why this situation is  going so bad. Start with simple questions like; have I been reading my Bible? have I been consistently praying not only on this situation but for God’s guidance in my walk? Are the people I am associating with rubbing off on me with negativity, should I continue to hang with people like this?

What King David does in this passage is actually a technique I use and have actually been trying to encourage to others around me. When I have negative thoughts, which I know guarantee these are not of God. Rather than dwelling on this thought, I first of all rebuke that thought in the mighty name of Jesus. Which that name alone, has been given all authority in heaven and on earth, so nothing can stand against it. Then I fill it with truth, the Word of God.

The King does this; he has a negative thought and fills it with “I will put my hope in God!. He has another negative thought and fills it with “I will praise him again – my Savior and my God!

Lets have this type of faith. Unwavering faith!

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3 Comments
  1. As far as challenges I usually get upset when things don’t go my way but being that god is slowly working in my heart and mind I am able to get over it by just saying it wasn’t meant to be. God has a plan for us all and lately my approach in everything I dip into is if God wants me to have or be here it will all work out. I get bummed if it doesn’t cause it’s what I wanted but I just need to learn to Submit.

  2. kalani permalink

    That is a good technique I will have to remember it and impliment it in my every day life

  3. Mike Sands permalink

    There is a lot of power when you call on the name of Jesus. Thank you LORD for giving us the strength to combat the devil on a daily basis. It is a struggle but a struggle I know I can and will win everytime with Your strength and power.

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