Google+ 11/25/13 Thank, Praise, and Pray!

Psalm 109:29-31


May my accusers be clothed with disgrace; may their humiliation cover them like a cloak.
But I will give repeated thanks to the Lord, praising him to everyone.
For he stands beside the needy, ready to save them from those who condemn them.


In part seven of our twelve-part devotion series entitled, "Thanks Forever!" we turn to the wisdom of David during his time of persecution.  Suffering comes with being a practicing, active Christian.  David showed us the example of what happens when you constantly take a strong stand for God.  People attack you.  They fabricate all manner of evil against you.  They tell lies and attempt to get people to take sides against those that tell the truth.  It has happened forever and and if you are feeling persecuted, you are in good company.  There was nothing that Joshua did for the Lord that did not meet with opposition.  Daniel was questioned at every turn.  Moses never had a moment's peace from the very people that he delivered from Pharaoh.  Finally, one of Jesus's own disciples betrayed Him and most of them denied Him.  We need to accept that suffering is what we will do as Christian.  The question is, what do we do about it?  David tells us.  David prays to God that his accusers will be revealed for who and what they are.  While they are being disgraced and humiliated, David is going to praise and thank God.  Why?  God is the only person that understands these attacks.  He is the only person that can truly comfort David and us.  Our collective problem as Christians is that we are caught up in trying to figure out why people are attacking us.  We need to remove that mystery and understand it is Satan using these people to levy these brutal and heartless attacks.  Satan is alive and well in all of our lives, daily.  The only way to not be consumed by evil thoughts, is to call on the name of the Lord.  What is the best way to do that?  David, a man after God's own heart, tells us.  Be thankful and sing praises to God.  When we fill our hearts full of gratitude and joy, Satan can't touch us.  God's light that shines through us can dispel any form of darkness.  We must resist the temptation to fight evil with evil.  If we do that, Satan wins again.  When we are in the biggest "wars" of our life, let's do what David did.  "Thank, Praise, and Pray!"