by Sandy Kirby Quandt
Which do you find easier … praise God when everything is going well, or when things are falling apart?
Is it easier to shout out, “Yay, God!” during the times of absolute happiness, rather than when our hearts are crushed and broken?
For most of us, I would guess it’s easier to praise when things are going along without a hitch, than it is when we’ve hit the bumps of life.
I’d also have to say I find it easier to sing hallelujah to God when the path is smooth, than when it is dark and troubled.
But that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t shout out my praises. It’s just harder to do. Not impossible.
Because he is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow, God doesn’t change. He’s still the God who spoke the world into being and allowed his son to die a horrible death so we could live with him forever.
He is the God worthy of our hallelujahs no matter what the situation.
In the 23rd Psalm, David wrote that even when he walked through the valley of the shadow of death, God remained with David and he had everything he needed.
We can say the same thing.
Even on our darkest days, God remains with us and provides what we need.
When we turn our eyes to the one who loves us with an everlasting love, and trust him to work all things out for his glory, knowing nothing reaches us he didn’t plan or permit, our praise may come out in halting, stammering cries, but it will come out.
Still we will praise him.
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The Lord is my Shepherd. I will have everything I need. He lets me rest in fields of green grass. He leads me beside the quiet waters. He makes me strong again. He leads me in the way of living right with Himself which brings honor to His name. Yes, even if I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will not be afraid of anything, because You are with me. You have a walking stick with which to guide and one with which to help. These comfort me. You are making a table of food ready for me in front of those who hate me. You have poured oil on my head. I have everything I need. For sure, You will give me goodness and loving-kindness all the days of my life. Then I will live with You in Your house forever. Psalm 23 (NLV)
I wish you well.
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