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Our faith is often stretched in times of trials. So when the circumstances of life turn dark–while we are unhappy, miserable or grief stricken–we are also focused upon God. We seek his provision, we beg for his restoration. We evaluate our choices and confess anything that may have come between us and the Lord.  We stand truly focused upon our dependence upon him.

Then, when life turns around and we see his favor; we start out very grateful–but soon we become confident in our own abilities, and set God on the shelf; ready to captain our own ship again.  God makes it clear that he is Lord in all circumstances.  It is never God that changes focus. He is always leading us toward becoming free people.  He never wants us to try to run our own show–that invariably ends poorly.  He wants us to enjoy the times of peace and prosperity with the same intensity we focus on him in times of struggle.  He simply wants us to trust him and allow him to be the lead, in all circumstances.  

If we can follow David’s lead and make our journey focused upon God and not our circumstances–then, we will be joyful. We will be at peace in the good times and bad–knowing God is with us in both.  We will never be surprised or feel abandoned.  We will simply live grateful, focused lives; with our end goal to be like him, and join him for eternity! He is the same Yesterday, Today and Forever!!!

God Bless You

I will exalt you, Lord, for you rescued me.
    You refused to let my enemies triumph over me.
Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
    and you restored my health.
You brought me up from the grave,[a] O Lord.
    You kept me from falling into the pit of death.

Sing to the Lord, all you godly ones!
    Praise his holy name.
For his anger lasts only a moment,
    but his favor lasts a lifetime!
Weeping may last through the night,
    but joy comes with the morning.

When I was prosperous, I said,
    “Nothing can stop me now!”
Your favor, O Lord, made me as secure as a mountain.
    Then you turned away from me, and I was shattered.

I cried out to you, O Lord.
    I begged the Lord for mercy, saying,
“What will you gain if I die,
    if I sink into the grave?
Can my dust praise you?
    Can it tell of your faithfulness?
10 Hear me, Lord, and have mercy on me.
    Help me, O Lord.”

11 You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing.
    You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy,
12 that I might sing praises to you and not be silent.
    Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!