Let Me Tell You What He Did For Me [Devotion]
16 Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what he did for me.
17 For I cried out to him for help, praising him as I spoke.
18 If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.
19 But God did listen! He paid attention to my prayer.
20 Praise God, who did not ignore my prayer or withdraw his unfailing love from me.
(Psalm 66:17 - 20)
It’s so easy, isn’t it? When things aren’t going our way, we come to God and we ask why this, and why that? We get so wrapped up in the emotion of being victimized in our present trials, that we forget to praise God for the way He is working for us and working in that situation.
But the psalmist says, “For I cried out to him for help, praising Him as I spoke.” (v.17).
It’s so easy for me to sit at my computer, type these words to say “praise God in the midst of our suffering,” but in reality, and depending on the severity of our situation, it is often incredibly difficult to praise God in those situations. A number of things pop into my head that are horrific and would seem like near impossible situations to praise God in. I am sure you can think of some of the same things.
So, why would we praise God in the midst of a difficult or horrible situation, when everything in us wants to blame God or chastise Him for letting such a thing happen?
We praise God in those situations because it helps change our perspective on it. When we take more of our focus off our situation and place it on God, we see it through God’s eyes; through spiritual eyes, and we receive hope.
We gain an understanding that our situation is not the end; that through Christ’s death and resurrection, our present suffering (as Paul put it) pales in comparison of the future glory that awaits us (Romans 8:18). Though pain may last through the night, joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5). The Holy Spirit helps in our suffering, and when words fail us in how to pray through our suffering, He intercedes for us (Romans 8:26).
Isn’t it comforting to know that we are not facing these situations alone? That Almighty God is right there with us in the person of the Holy Spirit? To know that God is indeed much bigger than our most difficult trials?
Thank you, Lord!
Now, let’s go back to the beginning of this passage and look at verse 16. This verse lays out why we praise God in the midst of a difficult situation. So that we may say to others “Come and listen, and I will tell you what He did for me.”
I wish suffering wasn’t a part of our reality, but it is. So, I pray that we all may come through our suffering with a testimony of what God did for us in those situations.
May the God of grace and peace be with you. Amen.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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