I find Psalms fascinating. I wonder if David was bipolar or should’ve been on some kind of medication. He’s on top of the world in one verse and a few sentences later in the depths of despair.
But David understood something.
And because of this his heart was steadfast.
David understood his heart. Hearts are fickle. As Robert Robinson penned, “prone to wander, Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love.” Hearts are like waves being tossed to and fro according to current circumstances.
And so David chose to take hold of his heart and in so doing his emotions and thoughts.
…and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ… (2 Corinthians 10:5 NASB)
He chose to praise The Lord because of God’s love and faithfulness. He chose to shout God’s goodness to all who could hear far and wide. He knew that in so doing he was not only making his heart steadfast because the truth, the real truth, was being raised above the reality of his current situation.
He also understood that when he praises The Lord something divine happens.
But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. (Psalms 22:3 KJV)
And then he chose to boldly approach God with his prayer knowing that he could stand firm on God’s promises.
Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16 NASB)
What can you praise God for today?