DCLM Daily Manna 13 January 2022 Devotional By Pastor W. F. Kumuyi — From Sinking To Singing
TOPIC: From Sinking To Singing
TEXT: Psalm 13:1-6 (KJV)
1 How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?
2 How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?
3 Consider and hear me, O Lord my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death;
4 Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved.
5 But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.
6 I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.
KEY VERSE: “I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me” (Psalm 13:6).
The Duke of Wellington, the British military leader who defeated Napoleon at Waterloo, was not an easy man to serve. He was not one to shower his subordinates with compliments. Yet even Wellington realised that his methods left something to be desired. In his old age, a young lady asked him what he would do differently if he had his life to live all over again. Wellington thought for a moment and then replied, “I’d give more praise”.
The psalmist was in deep sorrow for a number of reasons. At a point, he believed he was forsaken by God and thought God was not concerned about him anymore. He equally complained about his enemies being exalted over him. After a while, he was finally able to see the brightness of tomorrow through the clouds of today. His heart rejoiced and he soon began to sing and give praise to God.
Obviously, David had had a fair share of troubles during his lifetime. The unprovoked jealousy from King Saul that greeted his killing of Goliath to free Israel from reproach was one concern. His consequent isolation in the wilderness and caves occasioned by the persecutions he faced, was another. But through all these, David kept his faith and hope alive by singing songs of praise to the Lord.
Singing and giving praise to God can be very helpful when dealing with adverse situations in life. It gives us joy and helps us retain our faith in times of our greatest worries and fears. No matter the adversity we face, we need to understand that it has a lifespan. As Wellington wished, we should switch from lamenting to singing and praising God.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Praising God opens new and brighter chapters.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.