I’m sitting here wondering “what do I share today?” The first word that came to mind is: Praise.
I know of no other better cure for self-focus, anxiety and depression than praise and thanksgiving.
You have heard of the sacrifice of praise? It costs something. Sometimes praise and thanksgiving take effort – it costs us something because it’s not what comes natural to us at that moment:
And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD. Psalm 27:6
Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. Hebrews 13:15
Today — choose to offer a sacrifice to the Lord by lifting your eyes, your heart and your spirit in praise and thanksgiving. Let it be your default mode today. Every time you find yourself thinking depressing or anxious thoughts choose praise. Every time your mind is blank, choose praise. When your mind is not actively involved in other things – choose praise.
Spend some time looking for Scriptures that will help you praise our Lord today — write them down and keep them close so you can prime the pump with them throughout the day. Here are a few to get you started.
I will praise You, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High. Psalm 9:1-2
The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him. Psalm 28:7
My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise. Psalm 57:7
Let my mouth be filled with Your praise And with Your glory all the day. Psalm 71:8
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD! Psalm 150:6
Psalms 145-150 are great places to dig.
May the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be pleasing in His sight today.
After serving 16 years full-time on the staff of America’s Keswick, Diane and her husband moved to North Carolina where she continues to serve part-time as a contributing writer and Partner Care Consultant. She is also a biblical counselor and women’s event speaker. For more information about having Diane speak at your next event please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.