“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” Psalm 42:5-6a
I try to read this when I go through periods of depression. When I was in college, I read Norman Vincent Peale’s book, The Power of Positive Thinking One thing I learned from it was that I needed to find at least one good thing that happened each day. Later in life, I called them praises. Each time I did this exercise, if I found one, I found more.
After reading Ann Voskamp’s book, 1,000 Gifts, I call then God’s gifts. Each day, I try to find three gifts from God, some days I find as many as six. Each gift I recognize from God causes me to pause and thank Him for who He is and what He has done for me or for a friend.
In our home, each room has light colored walls. I didn’t realize it when we chose to paint that the light colors help me especially on the dark overcast days of late fall and winter. God led me to do this several years ago. You see, I have learned and now believe God guides us even when we don’t realize it.
The Apostle Paul tells us to praise God in all circumstances.(give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. I Thessalonians 5:18,NIV)
;Yes, the preposition is important. We might not like the circumstance that presents itself to us; the way out may be arduous but when we praise and place our hope in Him, we find the resolution becomes easier than we thought.