23rd February 2012

Attitudes Are Contagious!

“The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?”
Psalm 27:1 (NIV)

The snowdrop is an extremely hardy winter flower that is traditionally celebrated as one of the first signs of spring. Its Latin name Galanthus can be translated as “milk flower,” which is appropriate because the snowdrop is often described as looking like three drops of milk. I have a great deal of respect for this fragile little flower that sometimes stands in deep snow and in the dark of winter with a bit of an attitude which says, “Do your worst—I’m here to stay!” 

Life sometimes throws us a burden that seems almost overwhelming and we wonder if we will survive it. It’s a bit like a winter that just seems to go on and on—have you ever felt that way? It is easy for us humans to become overburdened and dejected at times but there is hope, and there is a bright light at the end of the tunnel. Sometimes if we just look up and get a different perspective on things we feel better.  Psalm 121:1-2 (NKJV) says, “I will lift up my eyes unto the hills—From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. 

We read in many of the Psalms that King David had his times of dejection.  There were moments in his life when he was fearful and distressed, but there are also some beautiful moments when God delivered him and he rejoiced. We can find one such occasion in Psalm 30:4-5 (NLT), “Sing to the Lord, all you godly ones! Praise his holy name, His anger lasts for a moment, but his favour lasts a lifetime! Weeping may go on all night, but joy comes in the morning.”  Notice also verses 11-12 of this Psalm, “You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy, that I might sing praises to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!” 

As we read his Psalms, we find David continually wrestling with God in prayer and even saying many things that shock us, but at the end of the day his focus was upon the faithfulness of God and he always ends up praising Him for his goodness and mercy! 

I think, just like the snowdrop, his attitude was, “I’m here to stay, no matter what!” And the more I read his Psalms, the more I realise that attitudes really are contagious!  I wonder if mine are worth catching? 

Great God of all creation, thank you for your servant King David and especially his understanding about the relationship he had with you.

Study by Cliff Neill

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