You will increase my honour and comfort me once more.’Psalm 71:21 NIV
When we’ve experienced failure, it can be challenging to let it go and believe that one day we’ll experience success. We know we should pick ourselves up and try again, but that can be easier said than done. Our failures can weigh heavy on our minds and can cause us to doubt our abilities. We might even start to doubt our calling from God. But in order for us to move into success, we need to be willing to let go of the times we’ve failed. In Psalm 71, we find David in a bad situation. Things in his life haven’t gone well and he’s crying out to God. When we’re feeling like this, we have a choice to make. We can either dwell on our failures and fears, or we can look to God. David chose to fix his eyes on God rather than stay stuck in his circumstances. He said: ‘As for me, I shall always have hope; I will praise you more and more’ (Psalm 71:14 NIV). He chose to have hope and to worship despite his circumstances. David went on to say, ‘You will increase my honour and comfort me once more.’ David knew that, with God, there’s always a promise of better times to come. He knew that God hadn’t abandoned him, and that He was going to bring honour back into his life. When we’ve experienced trials and failures, we need to choose to look to God and have hope. Other people, and the enemy, can try and convince us that we’ve messed up too many times and that there’s no future for us in God’s kingdom, but that’s not true. God can redeem every mistake and failure. We just need to turn our eyes to Him. What Now? Every time you fail or feel like circumstances are overwhelming, say the words of Psalm 71:14 out loud.