From Anxiety to Joy
Today I want to talk to you about anxiety. We all get anxious and worried about situations in our lives but Scripture teaches us that praise and worship is the antidote to anxiety. In the below entry from my devotional, Sitting at His Feet, I share the comfort that the Lord gave me in times in of anxiety. Are you feeling anxious? Praise and worship God and feel your anxiety turn to joy! I look forward to worshipping with many of you at our Drawing Near to God Conference this weekend! Even if you can’t join us in person, I invite you to carve out time for praise and worship this weekend and see what it does for your soul.
Do not be anxious. Turn your anxiety into praise and thanksgiving. Draw near to me with a grateful heart. David, my anointed king, understood the power of praise and thanksgiving and reminded my people to enter the courts with thanksgiving and praise. He knew the key to my presence is praise. I am not an egocentric God but a God who draws near when you praise me. When you run after other gods like power, people, money, or prestige you are giving praise and value to these things. Come and seek me and you will find rest and peace. Praise and worship will turn anxiety into joy. My peace will flow from you like a river when you turn your attention to me alone. Circumstances may not change, but your ability to rise above the circumstances will set anxiety to flight and create a new song in your heart.
Psalm 103:1-3; I Peter 5:7-8; Philippians 4:6-7