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Bless the Lord at All Times

Hey Relentless Students! This is day 17 of our 30-day Devo. We are still doing the practice of guided prayer using the podcast attached below. Read the passage and then hit play.

Our passage for today is Psalm 34:1-10 which says,

"I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together! I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed. This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them. 8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! 9 Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack! 10 The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing."

This is a Psalm written by David. Psalms written by David would be according to his mood. They were prayers and songs written during his highest and lowest points. This Psalm was during an upswing in his relationship with God and his overall mood.

It's interesting to look at how much our situations influence our view of God. Some of you may read the above and just nod in agreeance with every word. Others of you may feel this passage is offensively happy with your current circumstances. We allow our mindset to be controlled so easily by outside forces. Looking to the future and see how God has saved us from eternal death just isn't enough for us to sing sometimes. How backward is that?

What if God allowed situations to shift His feelings for us? One day humanity is doing good so He loves us enough to give us salvation, then the next to many people have petty problems and He decides to recant salvation. That would be terrifying, yet we do the same with our love for Him.

Our heart is the issue. Because we are broken we don't remain constant or consistent with our love of God. Yet, He still loves us each and every day. So, even when you don't feel like singing songs of praise and thanks to God for all He has done try anyway. He understands that life happens, but He is looking for how you will respond.

Our challenge today is to participate in the guided prayer above and write a journal entry about your engagement with God. In said journal take time and write how you are feeling about God, then take time a sing His praise to 1-2 worship songs.

Our prayer for today,

God, thank You for loving us. Thank You for showing Your love each and every day. May you give us the strength to do so in return. Remind us that You are worthy of all praise, even when we don't feel like it. May our circumstances not control our actions or thought, but instead that we would focus on what You have done for us and what You're still going to do. We love You and pray all of these things in Your Son's name, Amen.

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