“And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.” —Psalm 27:6 (NKJV)
I remember hearing a message about it some months back: We are not called to give praise FOR all things (could I ever be glad for cancer? grief? loss and pain?), but — we are called to praise Him IN all things.
It was a choice our family had to make once. Will we still follow Jesus, even if our circumstances did not change? Could we truly find contentment, joy, beauty, and yes, praise, if He’s truly all we had? Even in the most pain-wrecked moments of life? I think I’m afraid to answer that one. It will only sound proud. (I am bit weak sometimes. My less-than-perfect faith has tripped up before…) But, I BELIEVE it’s true. I KNOW He is faithful. I have EXPERIENCED His gentle care, humble guidance, and peace-wrapped love in some of the toughest moments of my life.
That’s why I want to praise. That’s why this busy mid-week moment can remind us: we’re not going to be perfect. (Yay for that!) We’re going to get angry when circumstances become overwhelming. Fearful when they’re uncertain. Weary when they don’t change… but this Wednesday, remember that praise in the toughest of times has the most beautiful fragrance to our God. He sees. He knows. He understands our journey. And the praise IN all things? It’s possible. Possible and so, so much closer that we think.
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With mid-week JOY,