And in that day thou shalt say, O Lord, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me.
2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.
4 And in that day shall ye say, Praise the Lord, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.
5 Sing unto the Lord; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.
6 Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.
“Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice.” Philippians 4:4.
I love to sing and find it's difficult to feel sad or depressed when I’m lifting up my voice in praise to Jesus. When I focus my thoughts on God and praise Him for the beauty around me, it brightens my day. Just spending time looking at the blooming flowers in my garden or the little birds that come to my window bring joy to my heart.
“We open to ourselves the floodgates of woe if we permit our thoughts to be engrossed with the troubles and trifles of earth. Our hearts will be filled with unbelief, gloom, and foreboding. If we set our affections on the things above, the voice of Jesus will speak to our hearts, murmuring will cease, and vexing thoughts will be lost in praise to our Redeemer." Counsels to Parents, Teachers, and Students, p. 234
Train your eyes to look for beauty around you instead of focusing on the ugly and sinful world. This will keep your eyes focused on God and His loving mercies. Declare to others how God has been leading in your life. Start a diary to write down prayers and how God worked in your life. Then during days of discouragement, you can read over these blessings and again trust in Jehovah, our strength and our song.
Emergency Room Registered Nurse, Lynden, Washington USA