Hold fast to the Lord…

 But you who held fast to the LORD your God are alive today, every one of you. (Deuteronomy 4:4 NKJV)

   In times of great difficulty, it is easy to fall to one of the best strategies the Devil has ever devised. He wants us to bring to mind past failures which might make us fear the challenges before us. Through the great prophet Moses, God reminds the Israelites then and us now that He is still God. He is still powerful. He can control His creation, it cannot control Him. David wrote a song that included this lyric — He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps. (Psalm 40:2 NKJV) What God has done before He can and will do again.

    David continued – (Vs 3,4) He has put a new song in my mouth– Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the LORD. Blessed is that man who makes the LORD his trust, And does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. Grumbling about trouble is not a new song. Most of us have done plenty of that! Although our quiet complaints may not seem to be directed at God, He hears then clearly. Earlier He told the Israelites – you were complaining in your tents…(Deut 1:27) God hears our secret complaints.

   Praising God for what He has done, both in our lives, the lives of those around us and the lives described in the Word is the new song David mentions. It is a song of praise. Praising God can dramatically change the spiritual atmosphere. It drives the Devil crazy. Purposeful praise dissolves negativity and restores God’s peace.

   Have you ever attacked a problem with the spiritual weaponry of praise? Satan attempts to get us to forget the things we should remember and remember the things we should forget. He throws reminders of past forgiven sin in our path to tempt us and bring us shame, but his attack will wither under even a whispered word of praise to God for the forgiveness and mercy we’ve received.

   Today’s verse, as with many others, seems written just for me. I am alive today because of God’s mercy and grace. My gratitude to God cannot repay Him. Yet by expressing that gratitude in the form of continuous praise — Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the LORD…

   Hold fast to the Lord. Trust Him with everything. —  Blessed is that man who makes the LORD his trust…

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