Life moves in seasons. Just in the natural world, you, the person of faith in Jesus Christ, are going to walk through sunny days, stormy days, clouds, thunder and lightening, darkness, drought and rain. Everyone has seasons of sowing, and waiting and finally, reaping. During those seasons of waiting, everything seems to get so much harder, doesn’t it?! The press is on and as you wait, and stand in faith, the enemy will attack you the hardest. Why? He wants to see if that faith is in your heart or in your heart! Do you believe God is true to His Word? Even when everything else defies what you are believing for? Satan wants to know!
God dwells within the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3) and as you worship, His presence surrounds you in a unique way that dispels fear, calms the storms within and gives you the joy you need to stay strong. Worship is what will power your faith through the tough times. “In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord,” Asaph wrote in Psalm 77. “In the night my hand is stretched out and does not weary…” Do you ever have those nights? When you’re alone in your bed, crying out to God for help? Praising God in difficult times is a winning strategy the people of faith use to win over the enemy! Don’t just cry- stretch out those hands to Him and worship, right there on your bed! Don’t stop. [For encouragement: “Overwhelmed? Read This.”]
If you are not connected to the Spirit of God in worship, which is your point of vital connection to Him, life will kick you down and keep you there as long as you are willing to stay.
Asaph wrote, “This is my grief, yet I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High. I will remember the works of the Lord; surely I will remember Your wonders of old. I will meditate also on all Your works and ponder on Your mighty deeds.” (Psalm 77:10-12) Worship has one purpose and one definition: Ministry unto the Lord- not ministry unto you. “This is my grief,” Asaph said. Yes, he told the Lord his issue, and then said this one, powerful word: “yet…” As you begin to minister to the Lord in gratitude, remembering His words, His wonders, His mighty deeds, thanking Him and blessing Him- He will minister to you. Don’t seek God’s ministering hand in worship. Worship is about God. If you’re committed to praising God in difficult times, you will find the victory you’ve been searching for- and it will start within you! And God is faithful to minister back to you. “In blessing, I will bless you,” He promised. (Genesis 22:17). He is faithful!
Thought for today
The Apostle Paul had first-hand experience praising God in difficult times and his life was filled with power, miracles and the presence of God. That is not a coincidence! “Rejoice always,” Paul wrote to the Philippians. Because he was crazy? No! Because he understood that bad things happen all the time, to good people. Why? Because Satan is evil and this world operates under his influence. This is why you must step up your worship! Praising God in difficult times is paramount, but worship must be your lifestyle, every day, every moment if you’re going to win the battles of life. “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though some strange thing happened to you, but rejoice…” (1 Peter 4:12-13) [Read this next: “Routine or Revival?”]
If you are not connected to the Spirit of God in worship, which is your point of vital connection to Him, life will kick you down and keep you there as long as you are willing to stay. However, by ministering the Lord in worship, the Lord will lift you up. He promised! Feeling like you’ve been on the ground for way too long? Worship! Praising God in difficult times invites the Lord to lead the way on the path through the wilderness, to become your shield, protecting you from evil, and He will be the One who lifts your head off the ground.