“Praise You in This Storm”
I was listening to this song the other day (yes, I like songs by Casting Crowns) and was meditating on the lyrics, especially the chorus. I thought how easy it is to sing these words and mean it from my heart, but then how hard it is put them into practice. I can think and declare that I will praise God in the storms of life, but what happens when a very real and severe one comes? What happens when our faith is stripped to its core, when our understanding of God is challenged? Do we still trust Him? Do we still believe that He is good? Can we digest every word in His book, both His words of grace and of judgment, and allow those words to penetrate and examine our own hearts and reveal what is truly inside of us? Can we discern the truth from the lies that even well-meaning Christians speak or write? Can we trust that the writer of a book or the preacher on the radio, television, CD or MP3 is really communicating a word from God? Are we willing to take in not just what will tickle your ears but will challenge us? When we can’t feel God’s presence and enjoy Him do we still believe that He even exists and loves us? Does He still have a plan for our lives? We wrestle with these questions.
When everything is stripped away and we are left with nothing to offer to God and wondering where He is, but choose to still believe in, love and trust Him, that is worship. We can praise Him for His goodness and mercy even though we may not understand or see. When we choose to praise God for who He is, we take our focus off of our own heartache and allow the God of the universe to show little us more of who He truly is. I am amazed at His love towards us. So, for today, I will praise Him in our storm.
Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. (Job 1:20-21)
Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him… (Job 13:15a)