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The Secret of Life

“For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Psalm 30:5

After David built his royal palace, he composed this psalm of rejoicing in which lies a secret most people never uncover – in five short words, “In his favour is life.”

The world around us engenders plenty of questions about life and the secret to it.  We question health, finances and where to find happiness.

David was pursued. His life and posterity were endangered. Throughout David’s life, others, from his own father to the king, had doubted him and tried to destroy him. How did he hold on, persevere and overcome? 1 Samuel 30:6 said, “David encouraged himself in the Lord.”

Somewhere with a harp and a staff, sitting on the back side of a lonely grazing ground, David learned the secret to life is to be in the favor of God. He learned that the praise you receive from men matters not. What matters is who and what you praise.

Too many of us are waiting for a pat on the back when we need to be praising God instead.

Do you want your life to be established like David’s? In 2 Samuel 7, the promise is made to establish the house of David forever. His posterity would never be moved.

If you want your mourning turned to dancing, replace your sackcloth with gladness. Do what David did. Quit searching for approval in the praise of men and start praising God, and you, too, will learn the secret of life.

As Acts 17:28 says, “For in him we live, and move, and have our being.”

Our prayer for you this week: May you find the secret of life lies in God’s favor.

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Josh Shields

Josh Shields and his wife, Janice, founded New Life Church in Berryville, Arkansas in 2011, where he continues to be the residing pastor. He formerly served in different pastoral positions throughout the state of Arkansas and has ministered at various churches, conferences, conventions, and venues throughout the nation. He began his ministry in 1983 at the age of 16, feeling the call at a young age to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He enjoys every opportunity to share Jesus with others through his ministry by speaking, preaching, singing, and writing weekly articles/posts.

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