3.25.19 Praise & Prayer Prompt: Be Glad in the Lord

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• My son decided to play on a skateboard yesterday.

As a result, he spent the night at the hospital and will have surgery this afternoon to repair a broken elbow and dislocated bone in his arm.

It was a long day yesterday in the ER and no doubt, we’re in for another one.

I realize that opening up today’s prayer prompt with news about a severely broken arm is a little incongruous with a graphic that proclaims the verse, “Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!” (Psalm 32:11).

But isn’t that what we’re called to do?

My son isn’t exactly shouting for joy at the moment, but that’s a different matter.

Many of the Psalms express personal anguish and sorrow of the writer’s circumstances.

I’m not a Psalms expert so I’m not going to make any claims about every Psalm doing this, but I will say this about David’s Psalms…

He may have cried out to the Lord in despair, but he always acknowledged God’s sovereignty and greatness, no matter what his circumstances.

The Bible often tells us to rejoice, and I find God’s timing on this very interesting.

Because this was supposed to be yesterday’s prayer prompt.

I read this Psalm yesterday and was preparing to write about it.

I had already downloaded the image to make the graphic.

But I kept searching and when I found the image from yesterday’s prayer prompt, I felt compelled to switch topics.

I find God’s redirection to be amazing.

Had I wrote this yesterday, I would have written about one of my favorite childhood movies, Pollyanna.

It wouldn’t have been from a fresh perspective of choosing to rejoice.

Instead, I’m writing it as a mom who is struggling this morning, fighting a battle of fear, anxiety, and worry.

Between my son and a training presentation that I am giving tomorrow, I’m just a bit of all kinds of stressed.

I’d planned to spend all day mentally preparing and putting final touches on this work project.

Instead, I’ll be doing that at the hospital as I play the waiting game with him.

But I’m choosing to rejoice.

Even if I have to spend the day mentally chanting, “Be glad in the Lord, be glad in the Lord,” then that’s what I’ll do.

Whatever you’re facing today, what will you choose to do?

Today, as you pray, thank God for Scriptural reminders that we’re called to praise and rejoice.

Thank Him that He’s always in charge.

Ask the Holy Spirit to keep joy and gladness tucked in your heart no matter what you face.

And if you will, please pray for my son.

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