Published on March 3rd, 2013 | by djprophetic0
What Do You Do When it’s Difficult to Praise God?
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”
When I think about senseless acts of violence, sudden deaths, or unexpected occurrences, I can imagine how difficult it is to pray, let alone give thanks to God. In your darkest moments, when life hands you its uppercuts and right hooks, it can be unfathomable to even consider giving God praise. It is in these times especially, that you cannot afford to neglect giving God the praise that is due to Him.
No matter what you have gone through or what you are going through currently, God still deserves your praise. He does way more for you than you can even imagine; He blocks and stops so much that should have happened to you but didn’t. You may not see all the miracles and all the situations God has saved you from but know that they will not remain permanent. One constant is true in life- everything is subject to change; even the situations you are currently experiencing are to benefit your character and not hurt you. Praise God, not for what He can do for you or because you want something from Him. Worship Him because He loves you and has your best interest in mind.
The trials we face actually bring us closer to God than any other aspect of our lives. Some of the terrible experiences we go through are enough for us to give up on God, yet the have a strange ability to bring us closer to Him. Take a look at the story of Paul and Silas in Acts 16:22-26 who were thrown into jail and shackled in chains for sharing the Gospel. Instead of complaining about their situation or getting angry with God, they praised Him. This is the exact opposite of what our flesh wants to do but we must remember God’s ways are not our ways and faith doesn’t always make sense. So when you have the urge to complain, praise God. When you want to get angry, praise God and watch Him open doors and break chains as He did for Paul and Silas.
“25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God,and the other prisoners were listening to them.26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. Acts 16:25-26