Praising through the Storm
Praise can come easily during the good times in life, when everything is going along smoothly, with just the odd little rough patch. We offer up our thanks and praises for all the blessings we receive.
But what happens when the storms hit, when you are not only feeling like the waves of life are tossing you about every which way, but possibly when you feel that you are being dragged under completely into the darkness. During these times the last thing we can feel like doing is being thankful and praising God. In truth, however, it is at these times we need to be praising God as much as ever.
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hopes in God, for I will yet praise him, my Saviour and my God. Psalm 42:11
It is at these times we have to remember that we can't allow our actions be controlled by our feelings. Feelings are temporary and constantly changing depending on our circumstances and the actions of others around us. Make a conscious choice to sing out your praises even when you don't feel like it. You will find your soul will be lifted, even when singing with tears flowing.
When we praise God it focuses our mind on him instead of the storm. We can focus on the truth of his word, his great love for us, the knowledge that he is in control.
And we know all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
Following Christ is not a promise that life will be easy, we are told that, in fact, the opposite is true. This is way it is so important to have faith in God and to know that he is in control, and whatever happens in our lives and in the world around us we can come to him in prayer and praise.
As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more. Psalm 71:14
Job, David & John and many others shouted out their praises to God even during the most traumatic times in their lives. They didn't allow their circumstances to interfere with their relationship with God. They praised him and took their problems to him in prayer and let God's strength sustain them during those difficult periods.
As I am writing this the song "Raise a Hallelujah" has just come on the radio. Very apt words for our topic today.
I'm gonna sing, in the middle of the storm
Louder and louder, you're gonna hear my praises roar
Up from the ashes, hope will arise
Death is defeated, the King is alive!
So when you find yourself in the midst of life's storms sing out your praises to our wonderful powerful and ever loving God.