DCLM Daily Manna 13 January 2022

Topic: From Sinking To Singing

TEXT: PSALM 13:1-6

KEY VERSE: “I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me” (PSALM 13:6).

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The Duke of Wellington, the British military leader who defeated Napoleon at Waterloo, was not an easy man to serve. He was not one to shower his subordinates with compliments. Yet even Wellington realised that his methods left something to be desired. In his old age, a young lady asked him what he would do differently if he had his life to live all over again. Wellington thought for a moment and then replied, “I’d give more praise”.

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The psalmist was in deep sorrow for a number of reasons. At a point, he believed he was forsaken by God and thought God was not concerned about him anymore. He equally complained about his enemies being exalted over him. After a while, he was finally able to see the brightness of tomorrow through the clouds of today. His heart rejoiced and he soon began to sing and give praise to God. Obviously, David had had a fair share of troubles during his lifetime. The unprovoked jealousy from King Saul that greeted his killing of Goliath to free Israel from reproach was one concern.

His consequent isolation in the wilderness and caves occasioned by the persecutions he faced, was another. But through all these, David kept his faith and hope alive by singing songs of praise to the Lord. Singing and giving praise to God can be very helpful when dealing with adverse situations in life. It gives us joy and helps us retain our faith in times of our greatest worries and fears. No matter the adversity we face, we need to understand that it has a lifespan. As Wellington wished, we should switch from lamenting to singing and praising God.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Praising God opens new and brighter chapters.

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