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Daily Encouragements


June 13

Opportunities for Praise – Psalm 102:18–22

Why does God allow impossible situations?

God’s basic purpose in all of His creation has not changed. Some of His ways of dealing with people are different in Old Testament days and New Testament days; however, He still wants to reveal His love for all people, and He wants them to trust in Him.

The example recorded in Psalm 102:12–17 is just as valuable for you today as it ever was for the Jewish people of any age. Psalm 102:18 was written about you. “This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created to praise the LORD.” You are part of that generation that He said was to be created.

God wants you (and people of all ages) to praise Him. Real praise is not just the saying of words. It must come from the heart. This kind of praise results when God resolves impossible situations.

Most people usually begin to feel proud as long as they can solve all of the problems in their lives. There is a phrase that describes this natural tendency, “He pulled himself up by his own bootstraps.” In other words, such a person did not need help from God or others. He did it all by himself. “Self-made people” do not cause other people to praise God.

God “Looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the LORD behold the earth; To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death . . . To declare . . . his praise” (vv. 19–21).

God knows about every difficult situation that you face. However, He may not intervene until you admit that you cannot resolve it, because it is an “impossible situation,” and cry out to Him for help. Remember to praise Him for whatever answer He gives. He may correct the situation, or He may give you amazing peace and the grace to accept the situation as His will. Either way, praise Him!