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I Shall YET Praise Him

August 9, 2017

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I Shall YET Praise Him

We won’t ever escape challenges  in this world.      There are challenges  in making a living,  taking care  of a family,  dealing with physical problems,  handling disagreements  of all kinds,  having just plain ol’  bad things happen,  and even dealing  with temptations  of all sorts.

All through life  we will have our feelings hurt — people will be unappreciative  of our efforts — there will be desires  that are not met  when we greatly long  for them  and even “need” them — there will be times  that it seems  God is not answering our prayers.      We can all add  to the list  of challenges  we have to face.

All of these challenges  can be overwhelming.     We might feel so disturbed inside  that we begin  to despair  of ever finding peace  and happiness again.

The writer  of Psalm 42  felt that way.     He had been hauled off  into exile  with all the other Israelites  because Israel had refused  to listen  to all the prophets  God had sent to them.     When they lived  in their comfy homes  in Israel  and had all sorts  of good stuff,  they felt  that they had the world  by the tail  and could live  however they pleased  —  because they thought  they were in control  of their own lives.

But, they were not.     They needed to learn  that God is in control  of all things  —  even our lives  and all the challenges  He gives us  to face.

When the Israelites were exiled  and their enemies taunted them  day after day,  saying, “Where is your God?”  —  they knew  that the LORD  was the one and only  true God  and that there is  no other god  —  but  they had to hang their heads  in shame,  because they had denied  the only true God  with all their sinful actions.

That’s why  they despaired so deeply  in their souls.     But,  then the psalmist said something  very important  —  a truth  we should all take  to heart  in our tough times  of suffering.     In Psalm 42:11  he says,

Why are you  in despair,  O my soul?
And why have you  become disturbed  within me?
Hope in God,  for I shall yet  praise Him,
The help  of my countenance,  and my God.

“Yet” is the big word  of hope.     Whatever the trouble  in our life,  God is  the God of hope  and the God of love  and forgiveness.     He is LORD of lords  and God of gods.

Because God’s love  for us  is so faithful,  we don’t have to despair  —  even though  we have sinned greatly.     God does not want us  to despair  all the time.     He longs for us  to turn to Him for our salvation  —  the washing away  of all our sins.

So the psalmist has this big word “yet”.     We are to purposely put  our hope  and faith  in God,  because when He saves us  —  as He surely will  when we turn  to Him  —  we will yet praise Him” .     The time is for sure coming  when we truly will praise  our LORD.

After we admit our sins  and lay them all  at the feet  of Jesus,  God will become  “the help of my countenance”.      Our countenance is  the look on our face  and the feelings  in our hearts.

Repentance  and faith  in Jesus  will change our countenance  and heart.      It will be  such a relief  to have Jesus  wash away  all our sins,  so we can have  a new start.      Then,  our whole lives  will have the strength  to change  and start living  in the true love  of God  —  because we will realize  the awesome beauty  and value  of God’s love  for us.

God will change us  —  when we turn back  to Him.

Then,  the big “yet” will happen  —  we will praise  our LORD  and God.     We might not be rightfully  and joyfully  praising our LORD  as we despair  in our sufferings  —  but we will yet praise Him”  with joy  —  when we begin  to trust  and love Him  as we ought.     Hope in God.

Hope in God brings about  a praise  that says,  “Hallelujah!     The LORD’s love  is eternal  and gracious, to all who trust  in Him.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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