Monday, July 18, 2011

7 Keys to Joy in the Journey of Life - #4

Psalm 34:1-8
 1 I will bless the LORD at all times;
         His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

 2 My soul shall make its boast in the LORD;
         The humble shall hear of it and be glad.

3 Oh, magnify the LORD with me,
         And let us exalt His name together.  

 4 I so
ught the LORD, and He heard me,
         And delivered me from all my fears.

 5 They looked to Him and were radiant,
         And their faces were not ashamed.

6 This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him,
         And saved him out of all his troubles.

 7 The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him,
         And delivers them.
 8 Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good;
         Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!

1. PRAISE the LORD……..…because He is Worthy! vs 1

2. BOAST IN THE LORD… because He is in Control! vs 2

3. LIFT UP THE NAME OF THE LORD… …because He is GREAT! vs. 3

4. PRAY TO THE LORD… …because He Calms our Fears! vs. 4

When we finish praising God, our immediate response should be prayer!  Not only did David have the right priority, he assumed the right position…prostrate before Him in prayer and thanksgiving.  

Philippians 4:6-7 says “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Prayer is the prerequisite to peace, when done with thanksgiving for what He has done, and petition for what He can do!  When we pray we acknowledge our dependence on Him.  We can’t handle our situations, but prayer lets us know that we know we need Him.  In your most fearful moments, ask the Lord to intervene in your tribulations.  Your rejoicing will result in a peace that makes waiting worth the journey!

 Have you taken time to pray today? For yourself?  For others?  NO PRAYER...NO PEACE!

The Prayer by Donnie McClurkin and Yolanda Adams

1 comment:

  1. Prayer to the Lord is the ultimate way to cast away fear. Fear doesn't come from God, but it's a real part of the human existence. Prayer offered in faith will overcome all fear!