Just reading in Psalms this morning and amazed at the power of faith. David’s faith was powerful! How often does he start off listing the things that are going wrong around him and even questioning God’s presence? But each time he ends declaring God’s faithfulness, goodness or mercy and praising God with a song. Pretty incredible. David’s faith in and relationship with God was so strong that he could be perfectly honest with God. He could tell God exactly what was he was thinking because of what was happening around and to him. And then with the power that only comes from faith, he would turn his heart to praise!
How do we get to that place? I think we need to make it a priority to believe in the God of the Bible no matter what we see, think, and feel. Our challenge is to continually renew our minds according to His Word(Rom 12:2) and to commit to a deep “hunger and thirst after righteousness”(Matt 5:6). As we do our spiritual eyes will be opened to the reality of God’s incredible love for us, His perfect plan on our behalf, His mercy towards us, etc! That’s when we realize that all our striving is pointless, and we will raise our hands in surrender to and worship of our all-powerful God! Our faith will become evident and powerful. We’ll choose to turn from our despair, despondency and depression to an enthusiastic trust in God that will show itself in praise, renewed hope and joy! Have our circumstances changed? Probably not, but that’s not our worry nor our focus. The Bible says:
“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” Psalm 55:22
Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Psalm 62:8
No matter what the situation or circumstance we find ourselves in we’ll know that his heart is for us! He is with us!! We’ll understand that His ways are higher than ours. That it’s okay to not always understand His answers to our circumstances but we’ll have the power of faith to rest in His promise, His presence, His love!
David understood this. He poured out his heart to God and then He stood in faith, speaking life to his soul by declaring his trust in God’s mercy and his joy in God’s salvation. Then he sang songs of praise to his good God! That’s the power of faith. It can take us from the depths of despair to the heights of spiritual confidence and joy in a short time!
Let’s walk together in the power of faith so that the hopeless, desperate and discouraged people around us will notice and ask how they can experience this power too!