Words from the Heart for Wednesday April 19th, 2017

You turned my loud crying into dancing. You removed my clothes of sadness and dressed me with joy. So my heart will sing your praises. I can’t keep silent. Lord, my God, I will praise you forever.

Psalm 30:11-12 (NIRV)

I Can’t Keep Silent

When we are going through the trial we cannot even imagine things different than they miserably are. Our song is gone and sadness surrounds us. Then, the Lord our God comes to make the difference. When He comes everything changes. Sobbing and sadness give way to singing. We are no longer mourning our loss but we are celebrating His faithfulness.

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Devotion

We’ve all watched enough crime shows on TV to know that in the US, when someone is read their rights, one of them includes the right to remain silent. Not as many may know that Canadians have this right as well. The right to silence is protected under section 7 and section 11(c) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The accused may not be compelled as a witness against himself in criminal proceedings, and therefore only voluntary statements made to police are admissible as evidence. Prior to an accused being informed of their right to legal counsel, any statements they make to police are considered involuntarily compelled and are inadmissible as evidence. After being informed of the right to counsel, the accused may choose to voluntarily answer questions and those statements would be admissible.

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Have you noticed it is impossible to keep good news under wrap? Just ask a couple that has had a new baby, or a relative who has been given a promotion, or a friend who has been given a clean bill of health. In this day of social media, the news will spread like wildfire. If this is true of temporal things in this world, how much truer is it when the Lord blesses us with a redeemed life, or lifts us up from a deep pit. King David testified to this in Psalm 30:11-12: “You turned my loud crying into dancing. You removed my clothes of sadness and dressed me with joy. So my heart will sing your praises. I can’t keep silent. Lord, my God, I will praise you forever.” David had disobeyed God by taking a census of Israel. It was an act of selfishness, pride and vainglory – he wanted to be able to brag about the size of his kingdom. God confronted David and David repented. The hand of judgment was lifted by God and the relief David felt was overwhelming. He burst forth in praise to the Lord – and what looked like a catastrophe for Israel turned into a praise meeting. Only the Lord can take the worst times of our lives, whether created by ourselves or others – and turn them into opportunities for praise the thanksgiving. And when He does, you can count on praise bursting forth.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley