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Psalm 96: 4-6 ” For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; He is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and glory are in His sanctuary.”

“For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods.”  (Psalm 95:3)  I added the emphasis  to make us all think for a moment of just how glorious and awesome God is.  He is deserving of our praise and worship… He is God (capitol G)… not all the “little” gods we allow in our life.  For when we put our trust in idols (little gods),  we’re putting our confidence in worthless and vain man-made objects…not the God that created the heavens and earth.  He is the one and only great God above all, and is so worthy of our praise.

Psalm 21:7 ” For the king trusts in the Lord; through the unfailing love of the Most High he will not be shaken.”

King David knew where his strength and confidence came from…it was in his relationship with the one true God and His unchanging kindness and mercy.  David relied on God’s wisdom rather than his own in making decisions…confident yet humble, knowing God’s Will was perfect every time,  in every situation.  Yes, David messed up some, but he was also called a man after God’s own heart for good reason.

Exodus 14:10 ” As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord.”

I’m quick to say, “I trust in the Lord!”  I really have no qualm about putting my faith in Him…it’s just myself I can’t trust.  For I believe I know what I can’t do…but am I really trusting in the Lord then?  That’s because every time I say to myself, “I can’t do that.”  I’m denying and discounting what the Lord can do through me.   Now I know I can’t save myself…I can only depend upon God for deliverance.  So then I need to take that same trusting dependence and apply it to my “I can’t do that.” statements.  For the bottom line is, my dependence can never be on myself, but on God alone.

Psalm 20:7 ” Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”

In II Chronicles 32, the king of Assyria had invaded Judah and laid siege…empowered by his massive army of horses, chariots, and soldiers.  However, King Hezekiah stood his ground and encouraged the people by saying, “Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the King of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him.” (II Chronicles 32:7)    So anytime when our circumstances look overwhelming… we need to remember that we too have that greater power with us.

John 14:1 ” Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in Me.”

Later in this same Chapter, Jesus repeats these words again, “Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)  In both verses Jesus is telling us that we have control over doubt, fear, and confusion…”Do not allow (or permit)  your hearts (or minds) to be troubled. (confused and/or terrified) ” He wouldn’t be telling us to do something if it wasn’t possible for us to achieve it.  Now stop and read that last sentence again please!  Jesus is telling us that we all have the direct influence within us to rein in and exercise restraint over fear…but it’s contingent on our trust in Him.  In other words, a troubled heart is an unbelieving  heart.  So our success over doubt and fear lies largely in how we  build our faith in God.  And this confidence in Him only comes by reading the Bible and praying daily…for you can never fully trust a stranger.

Jeremiah 8:15 ” We hoped for peace but no good has come, for a time of healing but there was only terror.”

In all our lives we will go through darkness…not the kind caused by sin or disobedience…but darkness that comes out of fear and confusion in this broken world.  But while we are crouched down in the Valley of Despair,  we need to listen…for the Lord will be speaking life-bringing truths into our soul.  Precious truths of encouragement, and exhortation that will sustain us during illness, pain, and loss.   Isaiah 50:10 tells us, ” Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God.”

II Chronicles 20:26 ” On the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Beracah, where they praised the Lord. This is why it is called the Valley of Beracah to this day.”

King Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah were desperate.  Enemy armies were fast approaching and they didn’t know what to do.  They found themselves in a dark valley of desperation, discouragement, and fear with no way out…but they resolved to trust God.  And it’s in that same valley that God worked a mighty miracle…giving them victory over their enemies.  That valley of their suffering was changed into the Valley of Beracah…the Valley of Praise.   With God’s help,  we can grow during those hard times.  Our faith can increase and be strengthened in the midst of turmoil, loss, and strife…if we trust God.  It’s then that our valley of the shadow of death can also become a Valley of Praise.