Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Choose to delight in God

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We have all struggled with spiritual discourage­ment or lethargy at some point.

Sometimes the things around us threaten to overwhelm us, and we can struggle just to pray.

For one reason or another, God sometimes seems so far off and unreachabl­e to us.

David faced times like these in his life.

The Psalms he wrote are filled with verses that express his despair and feelings of abandonmen­t.

But the Psalms also give us the key to living victorious­ly during the dark periods of life. Psalm 119:89-95 is one of those.

It tells us that tells us that our circumstan­ces or feelings have not changed God.

He is the same God today as He was when He hung the stars in the sky, when He led the Israelites through the Red Sea, and even when He feed the 5000.

All things that are affecting us right now, the circumstan­ce, people, and events around us are under God.

David continues that he will never forget God’s precepts because by them God has revived him — that he is God’s and God saves him.

When we recall God’s faithfulne­ss and control over everything that touches us, it gives us strength to walk with God — even when we feel like giving up in despair.

God is perfectly capable of sustaining us if we only let Him.

All we need to do is to choose to delight and diligently consider God’s principles and character despite how we feel.

Choosing to delight in God might not be easy, but only God can revive and save our souls from spiritual lethargy.

Next time you feel spirituall­y drained or inadequate, remember that you have a choice.

You can wrap yourself up in excuses and self-pity, or you can choose to draw your strength from an unchanging God.

~ Contribute­d by Lieutenant Tarsha Laundon of the Deniliquin Salvation Army, on behalf of the Combined Churches of Deniliquin.

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