Daily Devotional


Praise can be a Decision

by Simon Whitton

14 But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.
15 My mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your salvation all day long, though I know not its measure.
16 I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, O Sovereign LORD; I will proclaim your righteousness, yours alone.
17 Since my youth, O God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.
18 Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation, your might to all who are to come.
19 Your righteousness reaches to the skies, O God, you who have done great things. Who, O God, is like you?
20 Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up.
21 You will increase my honor and comfort me once again.
22 I will praise you with the harp for your faithfulness, O my God; I will sing praise to you with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel.
23 My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you-- I, whom you have redeemed.
24 My tongue will tell of your righteous acts all day long, for those who wanted to harm me have been put to shame and confusion.

Psalm 71:14-24 (NIV)

Psalm 71 was probably written by David during a time of serious trouble.  Not only was he being accused and pursued, but in the first half of the psalm he describes how wicked, evil and cruel men were conspiring to kill him.  Which is about as serious as trouble gets.

He was concerned for his life, and his future, about being put to shame and forsaken by God.  He had much to worry about.

Not only was his physical life in danger, but the conspiring and accusations must have assaulted his emotional well-being.  Even his spiritual security was under attack with his enemies claiming that God had indeed forsaken Him. (vs. 11)

David declares his need to be rescued and delivered, for a place of refuge. However, he did not look to his own wealth or power and influence, or his powerful friends, he looked to God.

It is under these miserable circumstances that David turned to God and chose to praise Him with hope and confidence.

Read some of his declarations again, and take note of his determination to praise God:

But as for me, I will always have hope;
I will praise you more and more.
My mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your salvation all day long.
I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, O Sovereign LORD;
I will proclaim your righteousness, yours alone.
I declare your marvelous deeds.
Your righteousness reaches to the skies, O God,
you who have done great things. Who, O God, is like you?
I will praise you with the harp for your faithfulness…
I will sing praise to you with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel.
My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you
My tongue will tell of your righteous acts all day long…


Perhaps your circumstances – whatever they are - don't make you feel like worshipping God right now, but determine to praise Him anyway.

Spend some time with God and pour out your concerns before Him.  Then choose to worship God.


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