What do you do to handle stress? Do you have a healthy view that causes you to exercise, eat healthy and drink plenty of water? Or perhaps you tackle the overwhelming events of your life with increases of vitamins and herbs. Possibly the home remedy of spa treatments including deep breathing, relaxing music, lavender candles and fresh lavender on your pillow suffices. Maybe enjoying a night out at the opera, ballet or a sporting event with your favorite friends suits you.
Oftentimes people will ask me this very question along with a series of others:
How do you handle daily stress?
How do you juggle scheduling your calendar?
How do you minster to all these people in your life from your church, speaking ministry and family members?
How do you deal with difficult situations, a difficult economy and difficult people?
How do I get through this life of planet earth on day-to-day basis?
My challenges in life are very similar to those of everyone else. Let’s face it — life here on planet earth is not always a smiling fest of happy times. There are good times, bad times, struggling times and impossible times… where we stumble out of the tail end of some circumstance wondering how in the world did I get through that situation?
All these things are applicable, however for me, the best form of de-stressing in this life, is on my knees going before the holy God in a place of repentance, praise, worship and adoration for who He is.
Repentance because of my shortcomings and praise because that is my reasonable service and obligation in response to His amazing, incredible grace and mercy.
There is no other place that comes close to heaven on earth than on my knees before a holy God in complete awe of His beauty and incredible glory — the best place to be, the only place to be. Nothing drowns out the daily grind, the persistent pressures and the long, lengthy lingering of nagging heavy burdens, than worship and giving glory to God.
Scripture tells us that King David is not a stranger to this concept. During the timeframe of 1011 BC to 1004 BC, he reigned as king for 33 years over united Judah and Israel. Stress was an everyday occurrence in his life, not only in job description, but in his specific life situations, he endured:
• Ignored and neglected by others in God’s selection of him
• Hated by the current king, but loved by his son Jonathan
• Fugitive running for his life as King Saul pursues him
• King over Judah and Israel
• Continual political, military and spiritual battles and struggles
• Family strife, loss of son to death
Yes, King David had a lot of stress in his life and this just started his list of a litany of woes. Praise and worship were his solution also. In order to solve unpleasant situations that arose in his life, King David de-stressed by praising, worshipping and giving glory to God.
Give honor where honor is due
The songwriter and author of many Psalms in the Old Testament, David not only encourages his soul to focus on God, but the reader also is compelled to join him in this mission of giving glory to God. Several of these proclamations and declarations include:
• “O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is your Name in all the earth.” Psalm 8
• “How lovely is Your Tabernacle O Lord of host! My soul longs, yes faints for the courts of the lord my heart and flesh cry out to a living God.” Psalm 84
• “Sing to the Lord, bless His name; proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised. Give to the Lord the glory due His name. Oh worship the Lord and the beauty of holiness.” Psalm 96
To praise God is to acknowledge the glories of His excellent person. In the Hebrew and Greek languages, the word glory translates into
• to be praised, be made praiseworthy, be commended, be worthy of praise
• ornament, splendor
• honor, majesty
After my time of worship to God I am refreshed, encouraged, reassured and increased in faith in God knowing that He is greater, holier and has complete control over the daily situations that come my way. Have my problems vanished? No. Most likely they have made a steady increase. However, with God on His heavenly throne and Christ on his right side praying for his own, I have kept my focus on my reasonable service of praise and giving glory to the One who I serve.
So speaking of questions, how will you replenish your daily refreshing of stresses in life? Would you take the time and make the time to bow the knee and give all due homage, praises and glory to a magnificent King?
Scripture References: I Samuel, II Samuel. Resources: Listen to Fernando Ortega’s CDs to bring you to a place of praise and worship to God almighty.
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About the author
Simone Lake is a pastor’s wife and full-time minister, serving in various areas. Her primary areas include Bible teacher and conference speaker (both in the U.S. and internationally). In addition, she writes devotional articles in several publications, is a short-term missionary, author, prayer leader, Bible mentor and chaplain. She holds a master’s degree in theological studies (MTS) and attends Church on Randall Place where she serves in various capacities alongside her pastor husband. Simone and her husband enjoy outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking the Grand Canyon, mountain bike riding and walking their Border collie, Scout.