HERE’S WHY YOU SHOULD PRAISE THROUGH DIFFICULTY
You move mountains, you cause walls to fall with your power, you perform miracles and there is nothing that’s impossible; now I’m standing here only because you made a way.
The history behind most worship songs is pain. “We shall Overcome” came about from the Civil Rights Movement in the USA where black people were being sold into slavery and weren’t offered basic human rights. The infamous ‘It is well’ hymnal, was written by Horatio Spafford after traumatic events in Spafford’s life. The first was the death of his son at the age of 2 and the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which ruined him financially (he had been a successful lawyer and had invested significantly in property in the area of Chicago that was extensively damaged by the great fire). His business interests were further hit by the economic downturn of 1873, at which time he had planned to travel to Europe with his family on the SS Ville du Havre. In a late change of plan, he sent the family ahead while he was delayed on business concerning zoning problems following the Great Chicago Fire. While crossing the Atlantic, the ship sank rapidly after a collision with a sea vessel, the Loch Earn, and all four of Spafford’s daughters died. His wife Anna survived and sent him the now famous telegram, “Saved alone …”. Shortly afterwards, as Spafford traveled to meet his grieving wife, he was inspired to write these words as his ship passed near where his daughters had died.
I don’t mean to get gory and morbid so early on in the week but I would like to pose the question: “What is your faith dependent upon?” Is it dependent on answered prayers, home security, promotion, wealth?… If it is dependent on any of these listed items, then you’re doing it wrong and it would prove difficult to praise in the hallway to your blessing.
As the week began, I thought about how lazy I felt and how much I wished the weekend was a lot longer. As I sat down to pray, it hit me that I had been asking and asking… never thanking. When I began to worship, I felt free. In that moment, I realised the impact that worship had on my soul. It engages you in such a way that is invaluable to your walk as a Christian. In the times, where it seems like you are going through a truly difficult time and there is so much silence, that is the time that God is working on your behalf. As christians, we need to get to a point where we see beyond the physical. Your reality should never dictate your attitude. What has God said about your life? Is He man that he should lie?
Praise Him even when it hurts; praise in tears and frustration. The men of the bible who did it, saw their breakthrough before it even happened. The children of Jericho sang around the wall and to their amazement it was brought down, Paul and Silas sang and the Holy Ghost was forced to come down. You can touch God’s heart through worship and praise. So whatever’s bothering you this week, I urge that you put it aside and simply praise. You’ve prayed, you’ve asked and now it’s time to trust that God is working for your good. Not sometimes, but always.
Romans 8:28 King James Version (KJV)
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Pour out your heart in worship to Him in the most trying times of your life and trust that at ALL times, He is bringing you into fulfilment with your purpose and will never desert you.