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SING OUT PRAISES

IM000875.JPGAll through the Christmas season we’ve been hearing songs telling of Jesus’ birth. Maybe you were part of a group that went out caroling. Perhaps, you were visited by carolers. Christian Christmas music was played on secular TV and radio stations.

Now that Christmas is over does that mean we stop singing praises to God?

“So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind.”  (I Corinthians 14:15)

We can and should be singing songs of praise and thanksgiving to God all the time. We don’t have to constantly be singing out loud, but songs of praise can be going on in our minds and souls day in and day out.

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”   (Colossians 3:16-17)

Don’t stop singing. God’s ears are open and He wants to hear our praises all the time.

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DEPRESSION

IM000854.JPGEverything outside is dead-appearing. The trees are bare. The fields are plowed under. There are minimal sunny days. It’s gloomy.

Winter is a time when depression sets in for many people. They feel alone, have no energy. They focus on the gloom and seem to forget this is temporary. In a few short months spring will be here again. They are stuck and become as dreary as the weather.

King David experienced times like these when he was losing all hope.

“Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck. I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold. I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me.”   (Psalm 69:1-2)

Can you relate to these words of David? Do you feel stuck in the mire, being swallowed up by the water?

What did David do at times like this? Did he wallow in self-pity? Did he just give up?

NO!    He turned to God. He laid all his negative fellings before his heavenly Father. David did not try to deal with it by himself. He called out to the Lord.

A few chapers later in the book of Psalms David wrote, “I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify Your name forever. For great is Your love for me; You have delivered me from the depths of the grave.”  (Psalm 86:12-13)

When you feel like nothing matters and nobody cares remember you are never alone. God is always nearby. Call out to HIm. Place your burdens on Him. Trust that He will get you through this time of despair and you, too, will rejoice and praise His name.