Words of Comfort
What can you find joy in today?
Dr. Scott Young
Apr 8, 2020 at 10:51 AM
Editor’s Note: With so many churches in our area having to suspend worship services during the coronavirus pandemic, we are asking local pastors to partner with us in bringing a daily message of hope and comfort to readers during this difficult time.
Do you ever feel what we are going through is more than you can take? We all have a tendency in times of uncertainty to be fearful, and if we are not careful this fear can rob us of our happiness. In Psalm 69, David begins to tell the Lord that the problems he is facing are overwhelming him to the point he feels as if he is drowning in them. He tells God that he has cried so much that his throat is dry. I know that most people reading this are tired of this virus. We are ready to get back to our normal lives. How did David get over a time in his life where he felt as if he was drowning in his problems? That is the question I would like to answer today. I would also like to encourage you to try what David tried.
Psalm 69 is 36 verses long, and for the first 29 verses David is telling God his problem and what he wants God to do. Then you come to verse 30 and David makes a determination. His circumstance has not changed, but his attitude did. He knows what he is facing, and he knows it is a problem bigger than he can handle but not too big for God. David says that “he will praise the name of God.” What is bringing David out of his feeling of being overwhelmed? It is simple praise.
I encourage you today to find one thing you can praise God for — one thing that you can be happy about. And then find another and then another, and soon you will see that your problem is suddenly not as big as you thought.
I found myself just recently praising God for the rain. I know we have had our share of rain, but on this day the rain was great. We had just planted a flower bed. The next day it rained and packed down the soil and gave the plants the water they needed. Now I can look outside and see the flowers, and it brings me joy. What can you find joy in today?
Dr. Scott Young is senior pastor at Temple Baptist Church in Kingsport.