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Psalm 13
 
On the engine he wrote Faith.
On the caboose he wrote Feelings.
Faith has to be the engine of your Christian life.
It is important to realize that even during the valley-lows, God's presence is just as real as during the mountain-top experiences.
Practicing the presence of God is not a feeling you depend on, it is a faith you live by.
This is when you learn to walk by faith, not by feelings.
 
#1. Assume God's presence, and do what you know to do.
  • (v. 5) But I trust in your unfailing love.
  • I won't let despair get the best of me.
  • Regardless of how you feel, assume God's presence and do what you know you should do.
  • Even when you don't feel God's presence, He is there.
#2. Cling to what you know is true.
  • When God seems far away, cling to what you know is true.
  • As you remember and rejoice in what God has done for you, you will find yourself strengthened in Him.
  • God knows your feelings; you can be honest with Him.
#3. Keep singing praise to God.
  • Praise (or worship) isn't a feeling either; it's something you do.
  • (v. 6) I will sing to the Lord, for He has been good to me.
  • Praise is an act of faith, not an act of feelings.
  • Our feelings will come and go; our praise to Him should be consistent.
  • There are cycles to the Christian life.
  • It's more than a feeling we hope for, it's a faith we live by.