Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth. (Ps. 57:5)

AS A YOUNG CHILD, I feared that I couldn’t be good enough for God to love me. I was right. I can’t be. How refreshing it was the day I realized God loves me, just because He loves me. Knowing that He loves me, I have a desire to believe, live as though I do, praise Him for His love, and never forget we have an Enemy.

If someone had told a young David that he would run for his life someday as King Saul sought to kill him, he would have laughed. God had anointed him king as a teenager. Fleeing from a king surely was not in God’s plan for David. But it happened! David had become popular and King Saul burned with jealousy.

David found himself in a dark, dingy cave, hiding like an animal. It has been said that Satan has two master tricks, one is discouragement and the other doubt. For a fleeting moment David fell for the first trick, but he quickly realized that the cave was not his refuge. God was. Suddenly praise came from his lips as he remembered God loved him and would never leave him alone.

Praise does not come naturally during trials. It takes a deliberate choice to focus on God’s constant love for us. When God allows you to be tested, test His promises! You can be sure that He keeps them all because He loves us!

Claim one of God’s many promises today.

Antje Hill and her husband spend their time between Mississippi and Michigan. She is passionate about her faith, her marriage, her sons and writing.

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