July 17 Turning Pity into Praise

Scripture reading: Psalm 27:1–6

Key verse: Psalm 29:2

Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name;

Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

She spent most of the day moping in her favorite chair in her room. It was a rainy day, and the dark clouds and drumming of the drops on the roof only accentuated her gloomy mood.

“Why do these things have to happen to me?” she sighed to herself. She had gotten nothing but bad news the previous week. Her job was no longer secure, her car’s engine needed to be replaced, and she was still bothered by a persistent and painful sinus infection.

The more she thought about her situation, the more she felt sorry for herself. She didn’t want to hear the words of her best friend, who encouraged her to take her troubles to the Lord in prayer. Somehow, it seemed more comfortable to feel down and dwell on the negative.

Though she didn’t know it, this woman was trapped in the pit of self-pity. This pit is especially deceptive because it often doesn’t feel like a pit. It’s much easier to focus on the pain than it is to examine God’s solutions and seek His comfort. Sometimes it takes the tough words of a friend to pull you out of the pit onto the high ground of God’s tender love.

Are you having a pity party today? Self-pity is actually a comfort blocker. Wallowing in depression keeps you from experiencing God’s victory. Invite Him to join you, and He will turn your pity into His praise.

By faith, Lord, I choose to turn my self-pity into praise today. Thank You for Your faithfulness to me. Thank You for every blessing You have bestowed upon me.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 208). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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