From Pain to Praise

by Rudolph W. McKissick, Jr. 
December 5, 2011
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When one reads the Psalms of David you will quickly discover that David
had highs and lows. As a matter of fact, he had high highs and very low
lows.


One minute he is a great man of faith extolling the wonderful
works of God and the next minute we see him begging God to get him out
of trouble. It happens once again here in Psalm 69. In the Psalm that
we study today we see David in a prayer of desperation. When you read
the Psalm you will discover that he has crushing challenges all around
him. In verse four he starts to talk about the reason for his
situation. David is feeling the mental and emotional weight of the
haters and their plots to get him. He is crying out to God to help him
and to rescue him. He cries out to God to vindicate him against their
accusations.

He cries out to God to deliver him from the traps that the enemy has
laid. He says in verse four that he had to restore something that was
not even his fault. He had to repay something he had not stolen. David
says that he is sick. He has no friends. He has no comforters.

What a
place to be in. He is the anointed one but here he is in a mess and
admitting it. Have you ever cried out to God when you had taken all you
could take? What do you do when your life is at that point? After you
have prayed every prayer, worshipped and quoted the Word and things
still aren’t better, how should you respond when you have done all of
that and nothing around you seems to change? In verse thirty, after
everything David has been through, after letting out all of his
emotions, he says I will offer praise to God. It’s called the sacrifice
of praise. It’s a sacrifice to say, THANK YOU, JESUS, when nothing has
changed. It’s a sacrifice to say PRAISE THE LORD! when you can barely
say anything at all. It’s a sacrifice to say GLORY TO GOD! when it
seems as if you have lost more than you have gained. That kind of
praise comes at a price. You would rather be quiet. You would prefer to
complain. You would rather continue to talk about your mistreatment at
the hands of others. You would prefer to throw your pity party over
your sickness. But you have been doing that and it has gotten you
nowhere. Now it’s time to give Him the praise. When you don’t feel like
it; when you aren’t even sure of yourself anymore; when you feel like
you are about to go under; when you know that the battle is far from
over–that’s when you offer up the sacrifice of praise. When I
have to restore what I did not steal, I will offer up the sacrifice of
praise. When I have been falsely accused, instead of answering insult
for insult, I will offer the sacrifice of praise.

When people misunderstand you, offer up the sacrifice of praise. When
friends take out their frustrations on you, offer up the sacrifice of
praise. When you are given a medical report that is not good, offer up
the sacrifice of praise. When you have lost your job, offer up the
sacrifice of praise. When tears are running down your cheek, offer up
the sacrifice of praise. I dare you to give God the sacrifice of
praise. You give Him the praise and in exchange God will give you peace.


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