Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Encouragement---Gauranteed!

Give heed to the voice of my cry, My King and my God, For to You I will pray. Psalm 5:2 (NKJV)

We have all been at that place where we feel helpless and hopeless. I know some of the challenges I have faced have been somewhat overwhelming. I also know many believers have faced even greater challenges.

If you have read my posts or some of my books, you know I am big on communion with God. I spent a great deal of my Christian walk not understanding true personal fellowship with Him.

The most amazing examples of personal fellowship in the Bible are the Psalms of King David. King David communed with God through his music. When David felt abandoned, he told Gold so (1). When he felt like praising Him, he praised Him (2). He always asked for help when he needed help and even prayed for God's people (3) (4). There is one consistent factor in every Psalm. David always ended with an encouraging declaration.

David knew God personally. In this personal fellowship, he learned about the heart of God. He could not deny the reality of God's presence and love. This gave him a security for any challenge he faced. David needed encouragement from time to time and singing Psalms is how he got it.

God has not blessed me with musical skills or the ability to write beautiful Psalms. He has given me the communion table. Through communion, I have been learning the heart of God. I know He loves me, no matter what. I know He wants me to have love, joy, and peace. I know He will never leave me or forsake me. I come to the table when I feel abandoned, need help, feel like praising God, or want to pray for others. When I leave the communion table---I am always encouraged.

Commune with God regularly and benefit from the personal relationship and security it provides.

Be blessed! 
(1) Psalm 10:1 (Abandoned) Why do You stand afar off, O LORD? Why do You hide in times of trouble?
(2) Psalm 9:1 (Praise)... I will praise You, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works.
(3) Psalm 55:1 (Needing help, NLT) Listen to my prayer, O God. Do not ignore my cry for help!
(4) Psalm 20:1 (For Israel) May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble; May the name of the God of Jacob defend you;

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