~Psalm 30:4 Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.
How often do you give thanks for all that God has done throughout the ages, even in your own life, teen girl? When I look back at God’s hand in my life, I can’t help but rejoice! In the middle of my darkest hours, my heart has led me to His word and encouraged me. Discouragement happens – there’s no getting around it. However, what we DO with discouragement is the key, right? This separates the weak Christian with the disciple (the disciplined Christian).
~2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Who knows me better than me? If I allow myself to wallow in self-pity or discouragement, I won’t have the desire to seek the holy things of God. I won’t have the desire to remember what He has done for me. However, if I train myself to recognize discouragement and immediately start praising God, I will see that rain cloud begin to disappear. A grateful heart and a thankful heart does not have room for discouragement. 🙂
Let’s look at the consequences of discouragement. Discouragement is an insult to God! It tells God that you are not satisfied with His provisions in your life and that you think you can do better. But let me ask you this: How is that discouragement working out for you? Aren’t you miserable, teen girl? Furthermore, you are not acting alone. You’re dragging others down with you – especially your family members and your closest friends. The unsaved who come into contact with you on a daily basis interpret your discouragement as your God’s lack of power. What a horrible testimony to the Living God!
Today’s Psalm encourages you to sing and to give thanks! If you can’t even come up with one thing to be thankful for, I believe you have more serious issues than discouragement, teen girl. This type of thinking is selfish and self-centered. Life is not about you, no matter what you think! Life is about Christ and what He has given to you and done for you! The first thing you have to be thankful for is salvation! Even if nothing else ever happened in your life, thanking God for your salvation should be enough to keep you busy! Your time on this earth is so short compared to eternity! Your lack of thankfulness here will be reflected there! Don’t you see that?
Make full use of all that God has done for you in your “singing”! You have a roof over your head; you’re not going hungry; you have clothing; you have people who care for you; you have friends who love you. There is always something for which to be thankful! Always!!! Make a list if you have to – but do it. Watch that discouragement melt away as you sing praises to the King of kings and Lord of lords! God is faithful and loves you! So teen girl, acknowledge Him and be thankful for all that He has done.