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Yet I Will Choose To Rejoice | January 21, 2023

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Psalm 13:5–6

But I have trusted in your steadfast love;
    my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.

I will sing to the Lord,
    because he has dealt bountifully with me.

Habakkuk 3:17–18

Habakkuk Rejoices in the Lord

17 Though the fig tree should not blossom,
    nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
    and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
    and there be no herd in the stalls,
18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
    I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
19 God, the Lord, is my strength;
    he makes my feet like the deer's;
    he makes me tread on my high places.

To the choirmaster: with stringed[d] instruments.

The final 2 parts of a prayer of lament are: 

  1. An assurance of being heard by God
  2. A vow of praise and recognition that God is the only one capable of transforming the situation

It's difficult to keep praying when God seems silent, when it seems He isn't hearing us or answering our prayers. Over and again, many Bible characters not only lay out their petitions and complaints, but they end them with assurance that God hears them and that He is the only one capable of transforming their situations. The same is true for us. King David and the prophet Habukkuk choose to praise, choose to worship, choose to rejoice and to give thanks to God, NOT for what He will do, but for who He is. While we can't always see how God will answer, we can always see the Who. 

What can you thank God for today? How can you praise and worship Him for who He is, in spite of your circumstances?

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