Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies cringe before you” (Psalm 66:3).
Scripture: Psalm 66:1–4
Song: “Praise the Lord, for His is Good”
“See, I told you. Things never work out for me.” Linda used those words often, to the extent that they gradually became an overused phrase, a cliché that her friends tuned out. Soon people quit listening altogether. Sadly, they no longer heard Linda’s cries for help.
Linda had experienced many disappointments. Because of this, she focused on her problems, undesirable circumstances, and past failures—most of them not her fault. Yet her perceptions often made bad situations even worse.
Then one day Linda met a Christian woman named Sandy. Sandy listened past the clichés and heard the cry of Linda’s heart. Sandy suggested that Linda change the way she prayed. Instead of complaining to God, compliment Him. Her outlook on life changed dramatically. It didn’t take long for her friends to notice the improvement.
God is a patient listener. He hears us when we talk about our problems, bemoan our circumstances, or complain about all the evil in the world. Even so, surely enjoys our praises too.
Dear Lord, I am so thankful that You listen to my hurts and concerns. Help me to lift my praises this day as well. Through Christ, amen.
“Compliment Him” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2007 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.