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Home Prayer & Praise Psalm 146:2: Something to Live For
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Psalm 146:2: Something to Live For
Written by Wilma Zalabak, M.Div.   
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 10:58

 

"While I live will I praise the Lord. I will sing praises to my God as long as there's being left in me" (Psalm 146:2).

 

I have lived for years on end in the space where I didn't want to wake up in the morning. I have walked the path of chronic depression. I have believed in the core of my identity that there was nothing to live for. I have felt what seemed like a deep, compelling need not to live.

 

Apparently God didn't agree with my assessment. That's the only reason I'm still here.

 

Somehow, in all that darkness, there was one thing my bottom line knew I could live for. It wasn't accessible to my conscious mind because of many abuses. I know there was something because, in the midst of the darkness, while crying out for death, I was enabled to take up this psalmic declaration as my counter motto: "I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord" (Psalm 118:17).

 

Now, in better times, I often reflect: Just what is my bottom line? What do I live for? If all but one thing were stripped away, what would it be? What do I have to wake up for in the morning?

 

The answer comes ringing clear every time: "As long as I live I will praise the Lord. I willl declare the works of the Lord as long as there's any breath left in me." The compelling question becomes, not, What do I live for? but, What part of God's works will I praise Him for at this minute?

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