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October 16, 1992

And Thank You for the Toothache

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Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. PSALM 63:3
It’s easy to glorify God when things are going well. A healthy baby is born: Praise God! A new client agrees to a significant deal: Praise God! The Arkansas Razorbacks beat the Tennessee Volunteers in football: Praise God! (Unless, of course, you’re a Tennessee fan.)
Yet, God wants—and deserves—our unconditional praise. And not only does He not promise us an easy life if we believe, He promises that things will be difficult (John 16:33). Even after he became king of Israel, David knew pain and suffering. He had to deal with his own sins. And his family was more dysfunctional than anything modern television could dream up. At one point his own son plotted against him and forced him to flee his palace.
So why did David spend so much of his time praising God—even when his team was losing its earthly battles and nothing seemed more certain than his impending death? How did he find so much comfort in those trying times?
The answer is simple: David knew God. “I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory,” he wrote in Psalm 63:2. David knew of a promise from God that left him filled with a passion for praise, a promise of an everlasting love that is better than life itself.
Are you able to praise God in the midst of difficulties? Perhaps you need to get reacquainted with a heavenly Father Who loves you, knows what you need, and promises never to leave you or forsake you.

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