Praise God still
Key verse: Psalms 13:6 - KJV
6. I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.
David was a man who understood God and how to relate with Him to a very large extent. Even though he was down and ruffled by the activities of the adversary, he would not stop giving praise to God. Imagine for a moment a person who just became a national champion and rather than be given the price he won, he was being thrown javelin up and down. Think about a king who suddenly was exiled because of the assailing of his own son. Think about a warrior, who just for going in search of recognition got his camp ravaged by the enemy with his wives and children captured. Think about these things and more and then consider how, in any of these circumstances, it is fanciful to sing praises unto God? But David knew he had no other Ally through whom he could be in constant victory but this same God. Even though the pressure of the enemy makes it seem He has abandoned you, no He hasn’t and never will for as long as you trust in Him.
Many of us are unlike David. Anytime it seems we are under pressure, we rather blame God than praise Him. Meanwhile, the will of God concerning us is that we give thanks in all things, knowing that our Ally is faithful and He will neither leave us nor forsake us. Paul and Silas, like David, were captured and incarcerated by the State just for preaching in the name of Jesus. If it was today, such believers would rather promise not to do so again that they may get favor from the State. But these believers were not so: rather than grumble at the seeming triumph of the enemy, they prayed and sang praises to God even while in chains. In the end, they were freed and their God was glorified for their sakes because He came through for them.
No matter how terribly the enemy has been ravaging you, please don’t let the pressure break you. Rather, be strong in the Lord and the power of His might. It is guaranteed that you will laugh last if you do so. If we decide otherwise, to whom shall we run when the enemy further devastates? The other side is a wicked side who can only add to the existing burden rather than make it lighter. When Saul decided to go the other way, it marked the pointer to his first major defeat in battle and his eventual death. Stick with the Lord. Praise Him still and He sure will come through for you.
Pray: Father, I will praise you forever knowing that you are my only dependable Ally! Please rescue me from the wickedness of my enemies in Jesus name.