I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord, and he answered me;he delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:1-4.
Praising the Lord at all times is sometimes difficult.
Have you ever felt cheated? I have. There are several times in my life that I felt like I deserved better, or deserved a life without pain. Even right now, as I’m writing this, my family is going though something devastating. My heart is overwhelmed and I’m grieved in my spirit. I ask God, why? Why is this happening? What is Your purpose in this pain? Why can’t I catch a break?
I am not trying to bring the moral of this devotion down; I’m just a woman in desperate need of God to intervene in her life once again. Life is a constant pursuit of growing closer with the Lord; sometimes it’s soaring like eagles — sometimes it’s going through fiery trials.
I have learned that when God does not change my situation, He oftentimes wants to change me. Change is so difficult, though.
Some problems are ordained by God.
Think of Job’s loss, Joseph’s betrayal, Jonah being swallowed by a whale, and Hannah’s barrenness.
Each story is implicitly different, and yet, there is a common thread. God proved His power, sovereignty, and provision in every life.
Life without pain can be dangerous. Pain gifts us with an important warning of injury, disease or danger. Feeling pain, whether it is physical or emotional, can save us from further injury, if we are aware and willing to change and seek God’s help.
Even though I’m going through a painful situation in my life right now, my spirit is strong and my heart whispers, “I trust You, Lord.”
Maybe you’re soaring like an eagle right now, or maybe you’re enduring a fiery trial—but in both situations, God has not changed. God is still on the throne and He has complete control. He is touched by the feeling of our infirmities and in our suffering, we fellowship with Him. As difficult as it may be, try to praise God through the pain. He will carry you.