SING PRAISES TO GOD, SING PRAISES! SING PRAISES TO OUR KING, SING PRAISES!
If you’ve watched the news at all recently, it seems like the whole world is coming apart at the seams. From attacks globally to back-biting in our own country, it’s nearly impossible to go a day without seeing something that makes it seem like the world is ending around us.
And to a great extent it is.
We’re told in Scripture that we’re living in the end times, but I think that more often than not we don’t have a focus on that. I know for a fact that I don’t generally live in that fashion, although it’s something that I do strive to be better at daily.
As someone who majored in logistics and does it professionally day in and day out, sometimes it’s hard for me to separate planning ahead from living in the here and now. In my adult life, there have been brief flashes when I have done a better job at living in the here and now. When I took a year off from working a normal job to attempt to be a photographer professionally, that was time when I was able to focus much bettere on the things immediately going on around me and to use that time to better serve in some areas.
That being said, since I’ve been back working at a normal job, it has afforded me more of an opportunity to have stability to give of myself in other ways. One is not better than the other, but I do think that I was able to live in the present better as a photographer. I’m striving to get back to that level of focus on the here and now specifically because of the recent upheaval in my life.
So what does that have to do with singing?
Well, one of the things that I have noticed is that I am much more present minded when I am writing, when I am serving, and most importantly when I am singing. If you’re like me though, not all times feel like times to sing. So I want to take a moment to discuss some of the times I think it’s imperative that we sing praises to God.
IN THE GOOD TIMES
Now, this one may seem a little obvious, but I figure we should start there. We should of course sing and worship God in the good times. Like David, we should be dancing in the streets when we are able to clearly see God’s blessings in our lives. How else will the world see who we are thanking for the blessings in our lives if we don’t praise God in the good times?
IN THE BAD TIMES
Also, I’m betting this is rather obvious if so very much harder. There are many stories of the Apostles praising God in the midst of their suffering. Although we may not understand the reason for suffering this side of heaven, we as believers can be assured that any suffering we go through has a purpose to glorify God and point others to the kingdom if we would just respond properly to it.
In the midst of loss, praise God. In the midst of persecution, praise God. In the midst of stress, give it to God in praise. In the midst of sickness, trust it to God in praise.
IN THE IN BETWEEN TIMES
Sometimes though, life isn’t at the peak or the valley. Often, I find myself just existing somewhere in the middle. I’ll have moments in the day that will push it toward either the peak or the valley, but never quite reach either destination. This week has been full of those moments, but I think in more ways than one it has shown me that I need to trust and praise God for not just the good and the bad, but also the in between.
I think I write this today because today seemed to go sideways from the word “GO.” As far as work went today, although I know I accomplished work, it had a general feeling of nothing going right. For my analytical mind that wants to put everything in order and have it run smoothly, this week has been the antithesis of my comfort zone. But that feeling of general discomfort for the way the week has been all changed in a matter of an hour and a half.
What, pray tell, could have turned my mood about the day so quickly?
Well that’s really quite simple….praise and fellowship at choir practice. While I know that no day will ever be exactly perfect, I (and you) can be assured of one thing. When the focus turns to what our hearts truly desire and praise God for all his many blessings, then we can be assured that He will reward that with an inner peace that transcends understanding. I experienced that tonight, and I hope that you’re able to experience it too.
Soli Deo Gloria