Three Ways to Elevate Your Thoughts

God, you are my God; I eagerly seek you. I thirst for you; my body faints for you in a land that is dry, desolate, and without water. So I gaze on you in the sanctuary to see your strength and your glory. My lips will glorify you because your faithful love is better than life. So I will bless you as long as I live; at your name, I will lift up my hands. You satisfy me as with rich food; my mouth will praise you with joyful lips. When I think of you as I lie on my bed, I meditate on you during the night watches because you are my helper; I will rejoice in the shadow of your wings. I follow close to you; your right hand holds on to me.
- Psalm 63.1-8
It is thought that Psalm 63 reflects on the time when David fled into the wilderness of Judea to get away from Absalom, whose forces were trying to kill him. David was intensely lonely. He was weary and sad. The future most certainly looked bleak and uncertain.

2020 may have been a year where you have battled similar emotions. Right now many are weary. There are days where it feels like one problem is being stacked on top of another. When these moments come, you must decide to eagerly seek God. What does this look like?

Praise God. When David reflected on God’s power and glory, he couldn’t help but give praise. We are never alone in life. Our heavenly Father has more than enough power to easily rescue us from any problem. God lives to make your paths straight. The ways of the Lord are right, and the upright walk in them,  Hosea 14.9b.

Remember where you dwell. David committed to remember how God had been his help and that he dwelt in the shadow of God’s wings. Just as a fierce bird of prey shelters its young under its wing, so our God shelters and protects us. God will protect, assist, and fight for His children.

Commit your future to God’s control. No matter what came to pass, whether he would remain king or not, or whether he would live or die, David chose to trust God’s will for him. Remember, your future is in God’s hands. He will use you and your circumstances to display His glory, love, and grace. No matter what happens, cling to Him.

As you reflect on God and His blessings, you’ll find your spirits lifting. Move with trust and confidence , because your heavenly Father upholds you. Cast all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you, 1 Peter 5.7.

Matthew Allen

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