Praising & worshiping God when we are going through trials exemplifies faith. Faith is the key, but God’s power is what opens up the door of victory. But without RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD, praise, worship and faith won’t even be an option that we would consider to give God and if we do they will be empty praise, worship & faith.
Relationship is everything to God, He strongly desires to have one with all who claim Him as their God and their father. He boldly expressed to the Israelites in Exodus 20, the importance of relationship, especially in Exodus 20:5, where He clearly tells us that He is a jealous God that does not want to share His relationship with us with any other created thing that we ATTEMPT to put on the same level with Him. Our praise at our lowest point gives God an opportunity to Show Up and Lift us UP!! Hope you can get excited just thinking about that!
If we look at the scriptures we can see this spirit of praise and worship at a person’s lowest points, through many of God’s people. Let’s consider Paul & Silas in Acts 16:16-34. It begins with Paul and Silas healing an evil possessed woman in the name of Jesus, and her masters, who were Roman, moments after, brought them to the magistrates/courts accusing Paul and Silas of bringing trouble to their city because they were teaching customs that were unlawful for Romans to receive. Basically they rejected the name of Jesus and it’s power and as a result persecuted those who believed in Jesus and were His followers. Paul and Silas were stripped, beaten, and shackled in prison. Verse 25 of Acts 16 tells us at midnight these men of God prayed and sang praises unto God.
Because of their relationship with God, they knew His power. Because of their relationship with God, they knew He was more than able and willing to take them through even this test. Moreover, I believe that because of their relationship with God they prayed & praised with a declaration of “Lord, I’ll trust You and praise You regardless of what I go through!” Their worship shifted the atmosphere. The bible tell us that the other prisoners heard and suddenly an earthquake occurred that shook the foundation of the prison which caused the doors of every prison cell to be open and all bands were loosed!! Praise God! Not only were they free, but the keeper of the prison was free as well, because he fell on his face asking them what He can do to be saved and they told him about Jesus, he believed and was saved!
Praying, praising & singing to God in the midst of our trials and regardless of our tests is the key that God empowers to unlock the door of victory. There are times we may feel that our situation is so severe that it cannot be changed. We may get so discouraged that we believe that we are chained or in bondage to our trials, our tests, our sins, our stuff, etc. However, what imprisons you must not deter you, because God is greater than your situation. God’s power can break any chain and open any door for His will (which is best for you) to be done in your life!
So, praise God through the good, the bad, the happy & the sad. You can thank Him in advance for what you need him to bring you through because when you take the time out to consider His works in your life HE HAS COME THROUGH BEFORE AND IS MORE THAN WILLING AND ABLE TO DO IT AGAIN!
Thanks for reading and remember God loves you.
Author: Jenifer Vilfranc-Wilcher