PRAISE From the Dark …

Praise

In the dictionary it’s just as simple as showing approval. 

But in the bible it’s “todah” and synonymous with words like “magnify”, “extol”, “bless”. 

We have even been given examples of HOW to praise. 

  Pslam 100
1     Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the lands!
    Serve the Lord with gladness!
    Come into his presence with singing!

Know that the Lord is God!
    It is he that made us, and we are his;
    we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
    and his courts with praise!
    Give thanks to him, bless his name!

For the Lord is good;
    his steadfast love endures  forever,
    and his faithfulness to all generations.

Easier said than done…

I don’t know about you but there are days… you step in the muck and all the sudden you are neck deep in depression. It sneaks in like a thief… like the sin of yesterday’s post, it’s lurking at the door and it ambushes you. It is like sin. It wears the mask of depression. And I know it. But the dark.

So how does one “make a joyful noise” when one is deep in the muck? When one has been ambushed? And every sound you hear is critical, negative, nasty, harsh? When all the words you hear tell you that you are wrong, need to change, are ugly, not worthy? Depression. 

Today, this is how I am doing it…

I can’t seem to MAKE the joyful noise so I listen… 
SO MUCH OF THIS: 

The words we speak to ourselves.
How we cry out…

And I read: 
1 John 3:1
See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God: and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 

Luke 6: 20-21
And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples and said: 
Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
Blessed are you that hunger now, for you shall be satisfied.
Blessed are you that weep now, for you shall laugh.

Isaiah 12:3
Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense, He has become my salvation. 

2 Corinthians 12:10
That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

And still, I will have to work at this joyfulness…

Because once this, like sin, disguised as depression, has gotten a foot in the door, it is not as easy as reading a few words, no matter how great, or listening to some songs, to defeat him again. I will remind myself throughout the day that I am worthy because God has called me worthy, he created me worthy. AND I will be grateful for the day I have been given.

A bit raw today… still, my prayer is that it gets to the person it was meant for. 

Find the rest of my 31 days of five-ish minute free writes here.
Find the rest of my 31 days of five-ish minute free writes here.

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About ~Me~ Hello, my name is Maxine. I am: Catholic and a stubborn child of God a wife (to my highschool sweetheart) a mom (to six wonderful kids that span 20 years in age) a daughter a sister a business owner an artist and a writer Like most women with a list like that, I'm also busy and sometimes overwhelmed. I'm on a journey to be happy despite the chaos, maybe even because of it.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Love the songs, and thanks for the encouraging words. When you say that sin comes in disguised as depression, what do you mean? I struggled with depression before, do you mean the self focused that is behind the depression?
    I really enjoyed reading and seeing a new perspective on depression as a disguise. Thanks for sharing.

    1. THANK YOU for asking. Actually, what I was meaning in two spots in my post actually, was that depression is LIKE sin as it was described in the post before. I have been struggling with this challenge in the last few days because depression has been whispering, and apparently, I was not careful with reading over my own post. Changed the meaning of what I was trying to get across, didn’t it? I have made the corrections in my post. Please forgive what could have been a disgusting judgment, instead of a simple metaphor.
      To expand, sometimes I do think that depression can be related to sin and our refusal to forgive ourselves for our sins once they have been confessed and God has forgiven us and therefore our refusal to forgive ourselves is a great sin of pride in my opinion. Anyway, thank you again for the question.

  2. Wonderful post with practical helps to shake off the muck from life and focus on the Lord! Thanks for this.

    1. Thanks for stopping by. I promised myself I’d write every day, but this was a hard day to write. I’m glad I did.

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