When You Are Down, Praise God

Daily Devotional

1 Samuel 22:5 And the prophet Gad said unto David, Abide not in the hold; depart, and get thee into the land of Judah. Then David departed, and came into the forest of Hareth.

The hardest time to praise God is when you are feeling down, but it is then that praise is most needed. Through our praise the feeling of depression disappears. The reason is that Jesus will always show up where there is true praise and worship and where He is Isaiah 61:3 tells us that He gives the oil of joy for mourning and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.

Given Saul’s relentless pursuit to kill him, David was downcast and went to hide in the cave Adullam. It Is interesting that what transpired next was that everyone who was distressed, in debt, or discontented came to David. What the scripture was teaching us is that being in a state of distress is not good, it will attract more of the same to our lives; that was David’s experience. While David was in the cave, the prophet Gad came to Him and told him that he should not abide in the hold any longer, but instead he should go into the land of Judah. What the prophet was effectively telling David was that he should not stay depressed any longer, but instead he should break his depression by repositioning himself in Judah, which is the place of praise. Things may happen in our lives that cause us to feel low in spirit, but rather than make it a permanent state, let us make it temporary by repositioning ourselves in the place of praise. Praising God is the antidote for the spirit of heaviness.

Life Application: Respond to depression and feeling low in Spirit by praising God. It worked for David and Job and will do likewise for you.

Prayer: Lord, I will praise you in the midst of my troubles and sorrow. I know you respond to faith and not fear. So, I will praise you even when everything is going wrong. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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