I’m Just Not Feelin’ It

Ever been there?

My job is boring…

My finances are barely making ends meet…

My relationships seem stagnant…

I’m bored…

Church just doesn’t thrill me anymore…

My devotions are lackluster…

My prayer life is sporadic…

I just don’t feel like praising God…

What do you do? You certainly can’t listen to your feelings. They will betray you as many times as they help you. My experience has been that you cannot wait until you feel like doing something to start doing something. But if you just do the right thing, the good feelings will usually follow.

King David was in a similar position – no job, no prospects, no income, strained relationships, no chance to even go to church. Psalm 34 has this introduction, “When he pretended to be insane before Abimelech, who drove him out, and he went away.” In other words, David was not having a good day. He certainly wasn’t feelin’ it! How did he get out of this funk?

STEP 1Use your will to praise God.

I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak His praises. I will boast only in the Lord.

David said, “I’m not really feelin’ it, but I’m gonna praise Him anyhow!”

 

STEP 2 – Be prepared for your emotions to engage.

My soul will boast in the LORD.

The soul is the seat of the emotions. It started off as an act of David’s will, but then it got down into his soul and he started feelin’ it.

 

STEP 3 – Become an encouragement to others.

Let all who are helpless take heart. Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness; let us exalt His name together.

When David used his will to praise God, other helpless, hurting people began to join in. Soon it was a choir of praise!

 

You may not be feelin’ it, but if you’ll just use your will to praise God, you will begin to feel better, and you’ll help others to feel it as well. You may not be feelin’ it this week, but borrow a phrase from Nike: Just do it!

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