Sunday Scriptures — Don’t Despair

Isaiah 40

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

There have been a couple times in my life when I believe what I felt was utter despair. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines despair as to lose all hope or confidence. Yep. That’s what I felt. And what a dreadful place to be.

When we think of the life of King David many things may pop into our minds. Shepherd boy. Goliath killer. Harp player. Psalm writer. Chased by King Saul. Beloved friend of Jonathan. Warrior King of Israel. Slayed thousands. Adulterer. Murderer. Man after God’s own heart. Jesus’ ancestor…

Throughout David’s psalms are songs of anguish, despair and doubt coupled with songs of comfort, praise and rejoicing.

Could it be said of the story of our lives that anguish, despair and doubt can be replaced by comfort, praise and rejoicing? I believe so.

During the times when it appeared I had lost all hope, like David, there remained a spark. A flicker. An ember which refused to be doused by the events that threatened. A reminder that God’s faithfulness could not be removed.

Feeling at the point of losing all hope and confidence?

May I suggest you do what David did, what I do? Remember everything God has brought us through and realize he didn’t bring us this far to drop us now.

Praise God in the midst of the bleakness for who he is. Praise him for what he has done. Praise him for what he is capable of doing. Praise him. Simply praise him.

Get your praise on and send the devil running!

Amen?

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Take courage, my soul! Do you remember those times (but how could you ever forget them!) when you led a great procession to the Temple on festival days, singing with joy, praising the Lord? Why then be downcast? Why be discouraged and sad? Hope in God! I shall yet praise him again. Yes, I shall again praise him for his help. Psalm 42:4-5 (TLB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures — Enter His Gates

Isaiah 40Come into his (God’s) city with songs of thanksgiving and into his courtyards with songs of praise.Thank him and praise his name. The Lord is good. His love is forever,and his loyalty goes on and on. Psalm 100:4-5

Here in the States, we are getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving. It has always been a puzzlement to me, that one day is set aside to give thanks, when in my mind, we should give thanks every day. Am I the only one who feels that way? I hope not.

While I definitely do not want to eat, or prepare, the large amounts of food that are consumed on Thanksgiving every day, I believe we should celebrate the giver of those gifts every day. Just as God doesn’t withhold his blessings and save them up to dispense on just one day of the year, I don’t believe we should save up our thanksgiving, and dispense it on just one day of the year, either.

Come before him every day with thanksgiving and praise.

I wish you well.

Sandy

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