Read Psalm 69:29-33 One of my favorite things about living in the age of social media is being able to see truly great things happen throughout our world that I would have never heard about before the internet. One of the things that often humbles me the most is when a child who finds out they have a terminal disease decides to do something to make other people’s lives better. Instead of being down about their situation, they will do something to raise thousands of dollars for a cause they believe in or something that encourages people in an incredible way. One thing you’ll often hear them say is that they don’t want to have their situation be in vain. They want their pain to count for something. They don’t want it to be wasted. In the sixty ninth psalm, David writes about some of the pain he had experienced in his life. He talked about being exhausted and losing his voice because he called to God for help so much in the face of facing so many enemies trying to destroy him. These people hated David for no reason. David turned to God in prayer, and shared with the Lord all of his pain. But, David does something kind of odd. In the midst of sharing his pain, he begins to talk about praising God. To David, pain wasn’t something to merely gripe and complain about. He asked God to help him with his pain, but he didn’t stop there. Instead, he was thankful toward God and praise Him in spite of his painful circumstances. We all have scars from past hurts and pains. Many of us are struggling right at this very moment. It can be easy to focus on the pain and discouragement that seems to stack so high. There are constant reminders everywhere we look. But, our pain doesn’t have to be wasted. We can be like David and use the discouragement that has been stacked up against us as a platform of praise toward God. We don’t have to allow our struggles to defeat us. When we turn toward God, God can deliver us from our pain. Even if He doesn’t, we can still praise Him for loving us enough to give us the life we do or have had. We can praise Him for not wasting our pain and using it in our life or in the lives of others. REFLECT: What past or current pain constantly haunts you? What are some ways you can look at those discouragements as a platform of praise toward God? PRAY: Spend a few minutes during your prayer time today talking to God about the ways He has used your past pain in positive ways. If you’re struggling with something right now, talk to God about that and ask Him to turn that pain into something good. // TWO-A-DAYS // GO A LITTLE FARTHER WITH YOUR DAILY DEVOTIONS // Go through these questions with your spouse, kids, or friend, or you can even journal about the answers to these questions:
- What was the best part of your day?
- What was the toughest part of your day?
- Where did you mess up today?
- Where did you see God today?