Praising God in Hard Times

Psalm 137:4 How can we sing the LORD’S song In a foreign land?

Jerusalem has been captured and burned down.  The magnificent temple, which Solomon had built, was burned to the ground.  Only ashes were left.  All of the utensils and sacrifice accessories had been taken as booty.  The people are being taken to Babylon, minus of the poor.  On their way there, neighbor enemies had jeered and mocked them.  Now their captors want them to sing for them.  How could they?  How could they after all that has happened?

The Psalmist did not feel like singing to God, because he was miserable.  We can get this way to.  When we go through the hard times, the storms of life, singing praise to God is not at the top of our list of things to do.  Yet, that is what we need to do.  It is not easy thing to do.  Our hearts are not filled with joy, but rather despair.  We need to fight the urge to lose hope.  We need to keep trusting God and we need to keep our faith in Him strong.  A big part of doing that is singing praises to God.  It helps remind us who He is.  It reminds us of His goodness.  It reminds us of His promises.  Remember, whether in good times or bad, God’s mercies are still new every morning.  His grace is still amazing.  He still on His throne.  His faithfulness in still great.  He is still our Rock, which we can run too.  He is still Holy, Holy, Holy and He is still almighty!

Do not stop praising Him.  In fact we need to sing His praises more, during those tough times.  It will help us get our eyes off of ourselves and back onto God where they belong.  When we keep our eyes on the bigness of God, our problems do not seem as big.

Dear God, help me to keep singing Your praises during tough times.  Help me to worship You and know You even better.  Thank you for loving me.  Thank you for Your wonderful promises and truths.  Nobody is like You, Oh great God!  Thank you for the amazing and wonderful plans You have for me and my family.  Thank you for being in control.  You are a big, big God.  My problems are small compared to Your bigness.  Amen.

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