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“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.” Psalm 42:5 Sometimes it comes upon us suddenly and unawares.  There is a feeling of apprehension, heaviness, something is making us uneasy or concerned and we just don’t understand why.  Perhaps things have been going well so far today, but then this hits us.  We begin to question where the thoughts are coming from and why we are feeling this way. Like the Psalmist, when this happens, we know…

“Then on that day David delivered first this psalm to thank the LORD into the hand of Asaph and his brethren.” I Chronicles 16:7. It was a great day for Israel.  The Ark of the Covenant which had been taken from their midst many years before was finally returned and set in its place in the tent that David had prepared for it.  As the people gathered to rejoice, many offerings were made to the Lord.  One of the first things that David did was appoint a group of Levites to give praise and make music before the Lord.  David…

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. Psalm 100:4 Have you ever been to the Grand Canyon or Niagara Falls? My husband and I celebrated Christmas in Niagara Falls last year. As we stood next to the Canadian Falls, I noticed people’s expressions. They were mesmerized at the powerful force of nature before them and awe stricken of God‘s beauty — this is humanity’s reaction when we experience something beyond ourselves. Likewise, when we enter into the presence of God, worship should follow because we are experiencing…