Thursday, June 28, 2012

I Will Praise Him Still

Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him
For the help of His countenance. ~Psalm 42:5 NKJV

Have you ever been in the place where this Psalmist is? We're not sure who wrote this particular Psalm, but no matter who it was-he was in a time of despair. But I want to focus on one word. I want to focus on the word "yet." 

He was saying that no matter what I go through, I'm going to praise the Lord! He may not have felt like it in his flesh, but he knew that if he'd start praising God, his spirit would lift. I heard someone say once "when you don't feel like praying, pray. Let me rephrase that statement. When you don't feel like praising, praise.

Are you in a place of despair today? Do you feel like your world is crumbling around you? Let me encourage you to praise Him in the midst of it. A dear friend once told me that "when you can't praise God for your circumstances, just praise Him for who He is.

Father, thank you for giving us the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Thank You for giving us the strength we need for each trial in life. Lord you're worthy of our praise. In Jesus Name, Amen


  1. Jamie, your posts are always so uplifting and heartfelt. You bless me, and so many others, I'm sure. Keep writing your gentle words. Thank you, sister in Christ.


  2. Loving a garment of praise today! Thank you, sweet Jamie!

  3. I'm with Susan -- sweet, sweet prayer, Jamie. What I especially appreciate is that you live this praise-filled life -- you don't just blog about it. :)

  4. What a beautiful reminder of who He is and what He wants from us. Thank you for continually pointing us to Christ!

  5. Praise Him in the storm. I am learning to do this. He is always with us. Through good and bad. Thanks for this message. Love you.

  6. Thank you for this sweet reminder and especially the word from your friend: "when you can't praise God for your circumstances, just praise Him for who He is." Blessings, Jamie!

  7. By George, I think you've got it! **grin** I love you Jamie. Thank you for these inspiring words today.

  8. Barbara, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment!
    Cathy, thank you so much for your sweet words. It means a lot
    Nan, your comment made me smile. Thank you!
    Susan, thank you for stopping by and for all your help with this site!
    Vonda, thank you for being my first writing mentor!
    Cathy, Thank you for your comment.
    Christina, yes, my dear praise Him in the storms! It's not always easy, but it's always worth it!

    And for those of you that didn't know, the quote I posted at the end was from one of my spiritual mentors, Nan Jones!