Periods of pain in our lives come and go, but in each painful circumstance we would be remiss if we didn’t follow the journeys of pain with times of praise. Or maybe, even exercise praise in the midst of our pain. Allow the painful times in your life to draw you into a deeper worship of the Father, it will cultivate a richer walk in this life and open up a brand new perspective through which you will see His purposes much more clearly.
You could almost think of it as a new dimension. Remember the old Twilight Zone lead in line, narrated by Robert Sterling:
“You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension – a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You’ve just crossed over into the Twilight Zone.”
Well, while we’re not exactly crossing over into another dimension of “sight and mind,” per say, I do believe that when trials enter into our life we do crossover into another dimension of relationship with our Heavenly Father. So, maybe we actually do enter into another dimension of sight, mind, soul and spirit. But it certainly is NO twilight zone, it’s more like a God-zone!
I’ve pulled a few passages from the Bible, mainly the Psalms, that I believe illustrate this point of crying out to God in the midst of pain and then responding by praising Him, maybe before the deliverance from that pain comes.
(All Scripture is taken from the ESV, English Standard Version translation)
1 I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. 2 He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. 3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD. Psalm 40:1-3
5 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. Psalm 43:5
15 …call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.” Psalm 50:15 (Emphasis added)
6 Blessed be the LORD! For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy. 7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. Psalm 28:6-7
There are MANY other examples in Scripture of times of trials followed by praise, as well as times of praise in the midst of trials.
Does God expect us to praise Him for the trials? Perhaps Job said it best, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” Job 1:21
God might understand when we don’t feel like praising Him in the midst of difficulties or trials but when we choose not to, it is our perspective that suffers and I feel we miss out on what might be some of the most intimate times in our lives with our Heavenly Father.