I’ve faced some pretty challenging situations – the kind that sometimes lead to despair and despondency – even loss of faith! Perhaps you’re going through some circumstances like that right now.
The temptation in a situation like that is to see the size of the problem, the greatness of the difficulty, or what appears to be the insurmountable nature of the challenges. When that happens to me – I don’t know about you, but the greatness of God in my eyes decreases, my evaluation of his power is diminished, and tragically, most of all, my faith falters.
This morning during my Bible reading in the Psalms I believe I read an antidote to that problem… When things are really tough, it helps to see God as he really is! In fact, i
t’s stated twice in Psalm 57 (which means it’s really important!
“Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!” (verses 5 and 11)
And that view of things helps put everything else in proper perspective…
“Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by. I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me! He will send from heaven and save me; He will put to shame those who trample upon me. God will send out his steadfast love and his faithfulness! … My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast! I will sing and make melody! Awake, my glory! Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn! I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations! 10 For your steadfast love is great to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds!” (From Psalm 57:1-3, 7-10 ESV)
Worship is a wonderful way to see God high and lifted up! Blessing the Lord is really “eulogizing” the Living God for Who He is! Seeing God in His power, glory, and grace is the antidote for misplaced focus! Here it is in the words of Apostle Paul – his prayer: “I pray that … the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which He has called you, what are the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power toward us who believe.” (Ephesians 1:17-19)
“Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!”