Devotional: ‘The Power of Prayer and Praise!’

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(A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.) Psalm 63:1 O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. NKJV

David had been forced to flee into the wilderness. During such times we can sometimes be tempted to despair, yet David earnestly sought God for the strength he needed. 1 Samuel 30:6 says that David knew how to “strengthen himself in the Lord his God.” How did David find the strength he needed to endure his time in the wilderness? Consider these two important elements:

1) DAVID PRAISED GOD

Psalm 63:3 Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You. 4 Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. 5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips. NKJV 

The Bible says, “…the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10 NKJV) If you are down today, lift yourself up by lifting Him up!

2) DAVID PRAYED TO GOD

Psalm 63:6 When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches. 7 Because You have been my help, therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice. 8 My soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds me. NKJV 

We are not told the exact reason David was in the wilderness, but no doubt it was because of some major problem. What would David do during such a difficult time? Would he fret? Would he worry? Would he become upset and angry? Rather than turning from God, David turned to God. The Bible says that he prayed. 

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David delivered himself from a moment of desperation by focusing upon God’s glory and His goodness. Paul tells us – “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV) In other words, “Don’t worry about your problems. Instead, pray to God about them and praise Him for His promise to help us.”

If you are someone who is in the wilderness, I pray that these lessons have been an encouragement to you this week. If you would like to share your prayer need with me, email me at: pastorterry@tobcchurch.com.

Until we meet again, God bless you brethren.

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