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My Prayer for Today

My Prayer for Today
Let All Things Praise the LORD
    1      Praise a the LORD!            Praise God in His sanctuary;            Praise Him in His mighty firmament! 
    2      Praise Him for His mighty acts;            Praise Him according to His excellent greatness!      3      Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet;            Praise Him with the lute and harp!      4      Praise Him with the timbrel and dance;            Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!      5      Praise Him with loud cymbals;            Praise Him with clashing cymbals! 
    6      Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. 
          Praise the LORD! 

The New King James Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982). Ps 150:1–6.

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

May 16: Dysfunctional Problem-Solving
Psalm 77:1–20

When I locate a problem, I often fixate on it. I think that if I analyze it enough, I can solve it. This is a problem when I come to difficult issues that require someone else’s expertise. Stubbornly, I want to figure out the problem myself. I want to be self-sufficient. When God is the only one who can solve my problem, I've just created an impossible scenario.
When the psalmist hit troubling times and questioned the things that were accepted truths in his life, he didn’t seek his answer from anyone but God. When he felt far from God and questioned all he had taken for granted, the questions he asks are close to those in our own hearts: “Why God? Have you removed your favor?” (Psa 77:7). “Has your steadfast love ceased forever?” (Psa 77:8). “Do your promises end?” (Psa 77:8).
It would have been tempting to dwell on his personal experiences to answer these questions. But instead, the psalmist turns to study God’s redemptive work. …