Reasons to be Grateful: Help

by Carolyn Hope

The Lord is my strength and my shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. (Psalm 28:7)

The author, David, of this Psalm knew God as his Helper very well. Time and time again, God came through for David, answering his prayers and giving him victory. David’s response was to praise him and sing songs of thanksgiving.

There’s nothing like that moment when God moves, and in an instant, everything is changed. The miracle you’ve been believing for becomes a reality or that breakthrough you’ve been praying for finally arrives. It’s in these moments that an unshakable joy rises in your heart, and you can’t help but give thanks to your God, who made a way for you when there was no way.

I want to encourage you to be thankful and rejoice in every victory Jesus brings, whether big or small. He is worthy of all praise. There are times when it’s easy to give thanks, and there are other times where you have to search harder within your heart to find what you’re grateful for. Even if you are still waiting for God’s help to show up in your situation, remember the other battles He has won for you. As you reflect on your life, you’ll see instance after instance where your King did something. Let these memories prompt you to sing “songs of thanksgiving.

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Confidence For Victory

by Carolyn Hope

The LORD is my light and my salvation – so why should I be afraid? The LORD is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident. (Psalm 27:1-3)

When you think of confidence in the Bible, one of the clearest examples is the life of David. He was an unhesitating and unfaltering warrior for the Lord. He led with decision and exuded confidence wherever he went.

The reason David could be so confident was that his source of confidence was not himself, but God. He wasn’t perfect but God is, and he knew that God would not fail him. The verses above show this, as do many other of David’s Psalms. Psalm 27 in particular emphasizes that God is so much greater than all the opposition that comes against us.

You have a God who is always victorious. When you fail, He doesn’t. You can always trust in Him to conquer your enemies and protect you. Regardless of what you’re walking through, you have no need to fear. God is on your side; and if He is for you, who can stand against you (Romans 8:31)? Remain confident today. Your king is trustworthy and unfailing.

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Loyal Living: As Loyal As David

by Carolyn Hope

“Ahimelek answered the king, ‘Who of all your servants is as loyal as David?’” (1 Samuel 22:14)

David’s life was complex and complicated. He was a shepherd who one day became a king. He knew the life of a fugitive. He experienced the glories and the goriness of war. He walked through loss and pain, as well as joy and gain. But throughout the ups and downs of David’s life, he remained loyal to the Lord’s anointed. This is why he continued to play his harp for Saul even after Saul tried to kill him twice. It’s why David refused to kill Saul, even though he was given opportunities and encouragement to do so. It’s why David honored and respected his enemy. David was loyal.

And although David wasn’t perfect by any means, he never let go of his Lord. He never stopped trusting, serving, loving, or worshipping the ultimate King. Despite having to wait years and years for the promises of God to become a reality, David remained steadfast in his service. Though his first years as king were spent in a civil war, David continued to cling to hope. Even when on his dying bed, with the last of his breath, David instructed his son Solomon to keep the Lord’s commands. His heart was forever loyal to God.

Whether your life is going as well as it could go, or whether you are in the worst season you’ve ever endured, you can choose to be loyal to Jesus. If you follow Him through every ditch, bump, and turn in your journey, He’ll keep you steady. In your loyalty lies your destiny. As you continue day by day to go after your King, He will meet you and lead you to the place He has already prepared for you. Be like David today; cling to the One who holds your future, and let Him carry you.

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