Ever been in a conversation where you knew it was coming? Often times the speaker opens with the positives yet you begin to feel it just around the corner. I’m talking about the ‘but’. O how the focus and overall feeling of a conversation can change with such a small word.

In Psalm 59 David wrote of the evil he was facing as Saul sent bloodthirsty men to watch his house in order to kill him. With many words he expounded on their evil hearts. Then near the end of the chapter the tone changes with one small word.

“But I will sing of you strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. O my Strength, I will sing praise to you; you, O God, are my fortress, my loving God.” Psalm 59: 16-17

Friend, as we go about this day circumstances may be less than ideal, perhaps even outright evil. Yet we have the opportunity to look at our situation and say ‘but I will praise you, God, anyway!’ I can tell you it makes a difference for I recently tried this approach in a low moment and my whole attitude and outlook shifted significantly. I encourage you to give it a try!

Lord, oftentimes life doesn’t go as I would like BUT you are my strength, my guide and worthy of all my praise. No matter what comes today bring to my mind this ‘but praise’ thought. Thank you, Jesus. Amen

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