5 Situations to Praise God

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David in the Bible struggled with his role as God’s chosen ruler over Israel.

The man was a warrior and king, and he united the 12 fractured tribes of Israel. He also wove the religious faith of Israel into the daily lives of the people and its government. He even composed much of Israel’s greatest prayer text, the Book of Psalms.

Today we remember him as the greatest of Israel’s kings, a “man after God’s own heart.” Even Jesus was honored to be called the Son of David.

What, then, should we think about the David who committed murder and rape, was a weak father who raised a resentful son, and who invited court intrigue that haunted him until his death?

Let’s see how David handled 5 desperate situations in Psalm 42:9-11.

Situation No. 1:

“I say to God, my rock: Why have you forgotten me?”

David knew what it was like to feel abandoned. He responded, “[I find] hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.”

Situation No. 2:

“Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”

The Great Poet understood what it was like to have everyone come against him. He responded, “[I find] hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.”

Situation No. 3:

“As with a deadly wound in my bones, my adversaries taunt me.”

The Man after God’s Own Heart suffered the lances of his detractors, and their pain caused him distress. He responded, “[I find] hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.”

Situation No. 4:

“While they say to me all the day long, Where is your God?”

God’s Warrior knew the shuttering blankness of heaven when there was no answer to his prayers. He responded, “[I find] hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.”

Situation No. 5:

“Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me?”

The Uniter of Israel was overwhelmed by the turmoil of life, and he could find no rhyme or reason to continue. He responded, “[I find] hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.”

David retains his position of excellence in the annals of the Bible not because of who he was or what he did. He remains a great man of historical note because of the God he acknowledged as his source of power and coming redemption.

David’s most redeeming quality is seen in his heartfelt proclamation in the final verse in this passage.

“[I find] hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.”

Let’s be like David. Let’s find our hope in God in every situation, no matter how dark the night.

God is our lifter, and he raises us to new heights in him.

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