Focus your thoughts on His ability to help you

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, March 9, 2019

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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)

Today’s scripture reading:

Depression is one of the most common emotional ailments. One antidote for depression is to meditate on the record of God’s goodness to his people. This will take your mind off the present situation as you focus your thoughts on His ability to help you rather than on your inability to help yourself. When you feel depressed, take advantage of this psalm’s antidepressant: Read the Bible’s accounts of God’s goodness and meditate on them. (NLT)

Psalm 42:5-8 – Why am I discouraged? Why so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again—my Savior and my God!

Now I am deeply discouraged, but I will remember your kindness—from Mount Hermon, the source of the Jordan, from the land of Mount Mizar. I hear the tumult of the raging seas as your waves and surging tides sweep over me.

Through each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs, praying to God who gives me life.

Quoted verse: The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy. –Psalm 65:8 (NIV)

“Story” – Ron Silflow (Idaho, USA) titled his story “SONGS IN THE NIGHT;” here is a portion of Ron’s story:

“As I turn on the barn lights and gather the cows for their early morning milking, a few sparrows begin a soft chatter in the milking-parlor rafters. . . . At this early hour, I start out grumpy. I love caring for the animals, but I feel lonely. The night gloom and my mundane tasks feel heavy on my soul. My focus turns to self-pity. I long for daylight. . . .

“Maybe, when we become keenly aware of our loneliness, our physical or relational wounds, our longing for darkness to turn to light, we can learn from the rhythms of the bird songs. Their songs reach a climax of praise during darkness to usher in the light they are expecting to come.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Even in the night, God’s songs are there, calling forth joy within me.

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for directing your love toward us by day and causing your song to be with us by night. Amen.

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

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