I do not take for granted how you have chosen to take a minute or so and read our devotion entitled “The Power of Praise” and I pray you receive help from it today! My text is Psalm 92:1 where we see these inspired words, “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:” (KJV)
Today, I want to look at how praise is better than being “pessimistic.” Now a “pessimist” is a person who is opposed to optimism or in other words, a pessimist looks on the “dark side” of things. This is a proven fact that pessimism can become a way of life if we allow it to. Some people in families and even in churches are just natural “grumblers” and fault-finding is their thing and they are determined to be the best “whiner” and “griper” this world has ever been blessed with!
But the truth of the matter is that pessimism is the opposite of faith and simply refuses to take the eyes off of the circumstances and rest them on the Savior. Pessimism is “doubt in action” and shouts very loudly “I don’t believe God!” Israel had better be glad that Moses was not a pessimist because if he were, the descendants of Jacob could have been “burnt toast” the very first time they grumbled about something on the way to Canaan! In Romans 1:17, we find that we are to live by faith. “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” (KJV)
Faith in our Lord enables us to expect the best from Him, as Romans 8:28 states, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (KJV) May we all determine today that instead of being pessimistic, it would just be better to praise our God for the abundant care He has for us.
Pastor Joey Durham