Praise in “The Hard”
Proclaim Yahweh’s greatness with me;
Let us exalt His name together.
Psalm 34:3 (HCSB)
I remember times I have been richly blessed; the birth of a child (physical and spiritual), provisions, healing, protection, grace and forgiveness. It is easy to proclaim His greatness then. The gratefulness, the praise – they come easy.
Then comes The Hard.
These are the times that are most difficult; loss, sickness, pain, questions.
The Bible tells me that I am to praise the Lord at all times. Even in The Hard.
Scripture says He is working all things for my good,
And we know that in all things
God works for the good of those who love him,
Who have been called
according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28 (NIV)
God tells me:
For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the Lord,
Plans to prosper you and not harm you,
Plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
Isn’t Jesus the same in the good and The Hard?
I struggle. I struggle when I suffer and see others in the same.
There are days when I do not think I can face one more moment of cancer; in the thinking, in the hearing, in the knowing. The more you share, the more you see. It is far spread and it hurts.
I am trying.
God is not asking me to be happy in my circumstances; He is asking me to trust Him.
I want to praise Him in both, hard and good. It is my goal.
Sometimes all I can muster is saying His name over and over in my head.
Jesus. Jesus. Jesus.
And isn’t that the point?
My circumstances do not change who He is and how he loves me. I may not always feel it, but I know it. And I know that, in all things, He is above all things. My ways are not His and I do not have to understand.
I need to walk in faith.
Would you join me in a prayer of praise? Let’s lift His Name together and walk in believing His Word and His goodness.
Lord, together we lift your Name and exalt You because You, alone, are great and worthy to be praised. We honor You because You work all things to our good and Your love never ends; it never fails. You are our Creator and our Redeemer. Give us words that give You glory when we are suffering and let us be ever mindful of You in our joy. You alone are God.
I pray you Live Like You Know… where you are going.