“But I will sing of Your power; Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning; For You have been my defense And refuge in the day of my trouble.”
Psalms 59:16 NKJV
I am one given to melancholia. I am by my nature, one who walks under a dark cloud. In my younger days, I used to rejoice in the dark cloudy days because they fit the mood that I most often exhibited. In these perilous times, the darkness of my nature is dangerous, as the times are themselves dark. There are mornings when it is a fight to get out of bed. I arise and sit on the edge, fighting my physical struggles and the emotional ones. By the grace of God, I crawl out of the pit of despair.
In these times of trouble and turmoil, I seek the Lord early and often. I put on worship music as i make my breakfast, and then I settle with my huge cup of the hot nector of the brown bean, and I pore over the word of God. The darkness, is flooded with light and I delight in the Lord.
This mornings passage shouted at me as I was reminded to the glory of God. His glory is not muted by the things going on in this world, it is by contrast, magnified, with His glory illuminating brightly against the backdrop of sin and death. In these turbulent times, I am see the opening for the Gospel wide open, more wide open than I can ever recall. Everyone is aware that there is something wrong and that the future is at stake.
They have no idea how true that is.
I choose to proclaim the glory of God in these times, to tell of Jesus who came to earth to live as one of us, live a sinless life, dying for our sins, and was buried and rose again. I think of how my sin brought Him pain, and through His pain, I am forgiven. I sing in the morning of His goodness, of His mercy, of His power to transform my life. It is my anthem, the proclamation of my devotion to my God.
Brothers and sisters, proclaim the glories of your God in this time of darkness. He is in the midst of these times, He is the only source of hope there is. If you are feeling the darkness of these times, begin rejoicing in the glories of Jesus, knowing that you have a future and a hope. Go out and sing aloud of the what God has done for you. Tell of the great salvation that saved your soul from hell.
I remember what my life was like years ago, drinking and eating too much, seeking pleasure to ease the pain, only creating more pain. I will never forget that Sunday morning in 1998 when all the pain was washed away, along with my sins. I sang a new song, an anthem to my Lord. In the years since, my voice has gotten louder and louder.
“Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, And His praise in the assembly of saints.”
Psalms 149:1 NKJV
“Praise the LORD! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament! Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness! Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp! Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!”
Psalms 150:1-6 NKJV
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