I shall again praise Him.

Sunday morning.

Singing from the photocopied order of worship.

Singing with the saints.

I have worshipped with some of these dear people for more than twenty years.

We’ve welcomed babies, raised children, suffered disappointments, battled diseases, rejoiced at weddings, buried parents, and waged battle with sin through all those years. Our trust in our sovereign, loving Father runs deep.

An old hymn today:

“What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear. What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer.”

I smile and thank God for this beautiful, imperfect, grace-soaked bunch of brothers and sisters as we start the second verse together:

“Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?”

A word in the next phrase is written in — the word “stay”.

Instead of, “We should never be discouraged,” the text now reads, “We should never stay discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.”

I’m glad it’s okay to be discouraged. David was. He poured out his heart to God. He told Him how he felt, and a lot of times he felt pretty bad. His prayers, his psalms, are what I turn to, what I pray, when I’m discouraged.  Like David, as I pray those prayers and stake my hope on the character and promises of God, I don’t have to stay discouraged.

“Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God” (Psalm 42:11).

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  1. Thanks for the lovely words – and the song! One of my favorites. I don’t leave comments usually, but this really touched me. Thank you for your blog and for sharing!

  2. Seeing that word handwritten in struck up the very same thoughts in me…You wrote my thoughts exactly! I count it a great joy to be one of those getting to worship alongside of you Sister 🙂

  3. Beautiful – words of encouragement. Thank you.

  4. Thank you for expressing so well some of the same thoughts I had as I sang that verse. And I was glad we sang such a dear old hymn.

  5. I needed to read this today! Thank you dear Pam. Thank you for being willing to be used by GOD to share His love <3

  6. Thank you!