I was praying the other day, repenting because of a bad attitude I had. I was tired. I was double tired. I don’t know about you, but when I’m tired, my attitude can take a dive. It could be work, relationships, kids, car trouble, or many other things. Sometimes I am flat out disappointed in my own actions, or just how my thoughts are moving. On this day, it was my thoughts, and I didn’t seem to be doing a good job of taking them captive, either.
Funny how God will show us things in scripture that we haven’t really seen before – even though we’ve read a verse many times. That was how it happened for me.
In reading the Psalms, I found 42 and 43 to come alive on this topic! Here, the writer questions himself, just like I was doing. Then – BAM – some positive self-talk I needed to see, and a reminder that God has help for ALL things, including my bad attitude.
Two times, in subsequent Psalms…Wow – what God won’t do to get through to me!
“Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him,
my Savior and my God.”
I can actually challenge myself, and put my hope in God and ask Him to help buck up my attitude, knowing that I WILL yet praise Him.
Whew – thought I had to do that one all on my own.