"Let the words of my mouth and the mediation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord my strength and my redeemer" (Psalm 19 v14)
Those of us around in the 1970s will remember "Rivers of Babylon", the song by Boney M that included the above words. The Jews, exiled when Jerusalem was taken over by the Babylonians, sat by the river weeping, exhausted and hopeless. They had lost their homes, their possessions and probably family members. What do they do? Do they give way to despair? No. - They remember that God has rescued them before, and He will do it again - so they praise Him. Imagine that! Even in the midst of despair, they are able to focus on the indescribable power, and unending love, of the God who saves. It is about holding on to hope when all seems hopeless, choosing to stand up instead of lying down, stepping out instead of standing still. If we can lift our minds above our human challenges with spiritual strength, we will encounter the God who saves.