You know it’s been a very long season. I am worn out. I am uninspired, spent and in all honesty, content to remain here. What convicts me is that I am more interested in my current state than praising Jesus. Ick.
Jesus, in His relentless grace, loves us enough not to let us stay where we are. He shows us the out. We just have to surrender our will and agenda and take His hand. I recently just heard in a message that the best prayer you can pray is “Yes Lord”. No matter the circumstance or situation, Yes Lord. Go ahead and throw those hands up in the air!
Life is hard. It’s a promise. The comfort in it all is He is God, He sees us where are and is right there along with us. We are not alone. It doesn’t mean that will never experience hardship because we belong to Him. But when we do, He will never leave us.
So today is the beginning of a new challenge my Mom just gave me and I wonder if you will join me: For the next 3 or 4 days, instead of asking why and how and what and who, praise. Praise Him for the little things…the big things… the seemingly mundane things. Satan cannot reside where God is glorified. So let’s not let him!
This oldie-but-goodie Andy Park song came to mind as I have been pondering this very topic. Take a listen, read the lyrics and see what truths can set you free from the place you are in.
Yet I Will Praise (click to listen)
I will praise You Lord my God, even in my brokenness I will praise You Lord
I will praise You Lord my God, even in my desperation I will praise You Lord
And I can understand all that You allow, I just can’t see the reason
But my life is in Your hands and though I cannot see, I choose to trust You
Even when my heart is torn I will praise (trust) You Lord
Even when I feel deserted I will praise (trust) You Lord
Even in the darkest valley I will praise You Lord
When my world is shattered and it seems all hope is gone
Yet I will praise You Lord
I will trust You Lord my God, even in my loneliness I will trust You Lord
I will trust You Lord my God, even when I cannot hear you I will trust You Lord
And I will not forget that you hung on a cross, Lord you bled and died for me
And if I have to suffer I know that you’ve been there, I know that you’re here now
*** Lord I thank you that You are good. Your ways are sure and they are the best. I don’t need to know every detail of every single thing. I just need to know that you are in it. Thank you for not letting me stay in a place where You are not the focus. Forgive me for getting in your way and remind me that you are with me as I walk. You deserve my praise because you are worthy. May my mind and heart reflect your worth in the way I act, speak and live. I say ‘Yes’ to You! ***