So, "What kind of discouragements or fears do you struggle with?" Regardless of what kind of discouragements or fears you may struggle with, Psalm 34 tells us how to deal with them and overcome them. To begin with the Psalmist tells us to focus on "praising the Lord at all times" and "boasting in the Lord." How do these activities help us overcome discouragement and fear in our lives? When we are focused on "praising the Lord" and "boasting in the Lord" we are taking the focus off of discouraging relationships and situations we're dealing with and our fearful circumstances, and we're putting our focus on the One who is all-powerful, all-knowing, and ever-present. Secondly, the Psalmist tells us that we are to "exalt the name of the Lord together." Once again, we are to be focusing on the Lord's greatness, which takes our focus off of ourselves and our inadequacies, and we are to regularly worship the Lord with other believers. You see, when we are worshiping and serving the Lord with other believers, we are much less prone to discouragement, depression, fear and failure in our lives.
Thirdly, the Psalmist tells us that when we pray to the Lord, "He answers us, freeing us from all our fears." There's something about praying to the Lord, hearing from the Lord and entrusting Him with our burdens and concerns that causes us to know that we don't have to be overwhelmed by discouragement or fear any longer.
So, I want to encourage you to do what the Psalmist encouraged us all to do. Take some time today to praise the Lord, boast about the Lord, tell others about the Lord, exalt the Lord and pray to the Lord. As you do you will find your discouragements disappearing and your fears fleeing, and you will find yourself living with joy, peace, passion and purpose in your life.