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What is the first thing you do when calamity strikes? When you receive bad news? When things literally fall apart? For me, at times I complain and throw myself a pity party. At times I vent to my friends and look for someone who will ‘feel me’ and affirm that I have the right to be sad and we both agree that life is hard. At times I go mute on everyone, I go on a strike, to show God that I’m really hurt and I need to know why my prayers don’t work. All these solutions never work, they actually leave me feeling worse. So, I have learnt, as hard as it is, to praise God through the storms of life. Sometimes I praise through tears, I praise covered in my blankets in bed, I praise while seated on the floor, but no matter how, I have learnt that praise works.
Paul and Silas in acts 16:25 decided to praise God. They had been imprisoned for casting out demons from a slave girl. For crying out loud!! They deserved a feast, but ended up being dragged to prison. They had a right to complain to God, they and a right to cause chaos and fight for their rights. But instead they chose to praise. “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.” Their praise caused the prison gates to open and they were set free. They did not praise when the gates opened, they praised while still chained up in prison.
In Job 1:20, after Job receiving very bad news, one after another, the Bible says “Then Job arose, and rent his robe, and shaved his head, and fell upon the ground, and worshiped.” How now? He had lost all his children, all his livestock! But he still had strength to pray and bless the name of the Lord! We know how the story ends, because he chose to remain faithful, the Lord doubled everything that he had once possessed.
One thing I learn is that these men of God already had a habit of prayer, praise and worship to God. It was their lifestyle, they dint just suddenly praise God in the storms, it came naturally. So for us to learn how to praise God through the storms of life, we need to cultivate that culture, whether in the good times and in the bad times, may we be found on our knees.
Another thing is that praise always works; it may not always be instant but it works. Staying at the feet of Jesus, praising Him will not only change the situation, but also change you. Praise works!