God bless you! Our Father in heaven has an incredible track record. Matthew 6:33. Knowledge of the content is not enough, we must learn to apply what Scripture teaches if we are to experience true change and growth. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth” (Luke 11:2). YMI (which stands for Why Am I? David the psalmist is a great example of this. Mark 4:35-4:41. .      my heart rejoices in your salvation. Yes, every act of worship is a choice—a decision to believe and respond to God for who He says He is—no matter how pressing our circumstances. Matt, Beth, and their children live in West Sussex, England. 31 Powerful Quotes by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Amazing Children's Choir Sings 'I Can Only Imagine', A Prayer for Peace in Confusing Times - Your Daily Prayer - January 19, Courage for the Days Ahead - New Year Devotional - January 18, 6 Major Differences between Christianity and the American Dream, 10 Encouraging Bible Verses about Not Giving Up. 2017 Dec 22; Share Tweet. God is for me. God promises us peace that surpasses all understanding in Philippians 4:7: “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, … Even when it is not shining. King David was clearly well aware of what worshipping could do to the posture of one’s heart — I believe it can make a difference for us too. Trusting God in Troubled Times. To worship God is to tell Him that we believe Him for who He says He is. Give the glory to God and praise his power and faithfulness. The doors He chooses to open, no one can close; and the doors He purposes to close, no one can open. The Rev. 1–2. Thy kingdom come. Sometimes it’s difficult to open up my Bible and read a story about how good God is, especially when it doesn’t feel like it at the time. To have hope in God is to wait expectantly for him. Comments are turned off. He wants us as we are. Let’s not hide anything from Him. The God who never wastes His words. Jam out. Every day we’re faced with the choice either to acknowledge and proclaim Him as the great and merciful God He declares himself to be or to deny Him. When He acts, no one can reverse it. Or the time the flood filled the Earth (Genesis 6-7). Indeed, as we will begin to see, so often our Father in heaven will take our broken moments and weave them into a powerful tapestry to the glory of His name. Here are three things I did that helped me worship Him: I had spent time doing devotionals in the past, but now it was a daily necessity. A s we walk through life we are sometimes faced with difficult times. That may sound a touch harsh. One of the ways I can show God my love and worship is to intentionally love the people in my life. My favorite part of the song is the second part, which is very upbeat. Your email address will not be published. But the word of God is not bound! Find songs that lift you up, that you can worship through. © 2016 by Matt and Beth Redman. 10 Worship Songs about Trusting God in Hard Times Some years ago, Carl Trueman asked a question churches today are reckoning with: What can miserable Christians sing? It would be so nice to listen to Christian music for a few hours every day spending time in worship with God. The psalmists were constantly practicing this discipline. The lyrics, “Mighty Warrior, You will see that all things work for my good, things work for my good” in particular really spoke to me. Twice he cries out in Psalm 42: Why, my soul, are you downcast? There’s so much out there, but hard to find what touches me spiritually. His faith is implied in that he goes to God from the outset, but the process is also important because it can serve as a model for how to worship while facing difficult times. However, I am learning to cling tight to His promises. We're talking about trusting God in difficult times. These past few months have been a lot for us to process. Here are three things I did that helped me worship Him: 1. Worshipping through the hard times brings us new strength and hope. The lyrics were just what I needed to hear. And in these tears, God comforts, He guides, and He gives me strength. Hope elevates our expectations and leads us up and out of despair. I now call it my year of plowing—plowing deep and digging into a deeper relationship with God. After all, He already knows what we’re feeling, so why not just be raw and real with Him? Intense though it may sound, the truth is this: If we deny something good about God, we automatically imply something bad about Him. We don’t need to have it all together to go to Him. While such a reaction is appropriate, we can also go to Him by singing praises for Him who loves us most dearly. In the valley, in the darkest times you cry out, “who will rescue me from this body of death?” RSS this blog Archives Contributors. No one has ever outmaneuvered Him, outlived Him, or out-loved Him. Here are four inspiring stories about finding faith and joy during trials—everything from job loss and unemployment to parenting issues and life-threatening illnesses. Job chose to worship in the midst of his pain. Used by permission of “Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group,” http://www.bakerpublishinggroup.com.]. Everyone will face times of testing. 雅米 (Simplified Chinese) Yet God always remained faithful, even when it seemed hopeless. Focus on his attributes.      my Savior and my God. Think of the seven years of famine (Genesis 41-45). Worshipping God in the Hard Times Waiting in the valley is hard. So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Thank you so much for sharing this. Worship, I realized, was all the more important in difficult times. Vaughan Smith. In so many of the psalms, the writer recalls the story of God’s faithfulness as a bridge toward worship and hope. Learn more. This is something I knew He was okay with and I’d always tell others to do it too, but I forgot!     I rest on His unchanging grace. You and I were for this time and place. We can easily be distracted by the noise instead of focusing on God’s stillness and peace. He’s working everything together for our good. I had questions. It is my prayer that you can find some encouraging and inspirational words in these Christian quotes. She’s an aspiring author (in the process of writing a book!) Mustard Seed (Thai), Scripture quotations taken from The Holy Bible,New International Version® NIV® He loves us, and He isn’t going to stop listening just because we’re mad or “yelling” at Him. Prepare beforehand by reading Worshiping God in the Hard Times by Tom Kraeuter. There were weeks of hospital stays for my brother who had a blood clot in his arm and required surgery to remove a rib constraining his vein, strained relationships with people I care deeply about, as well as sleepless nights, heartbreak, tears, rejection, confusion . I’ve been thanking God for everything, but I’ve forgotten about being raw with Him, as you said, regarding my emotions. The same is true of our walk as worshipers of Jesus. The ultimate test of faith, however, is whether you will still worship in the difficult and painful times. If we deny God’s sovereignty and power, we imply, to a degree at least, that He is weak and has lost control. 7 Benefits of Praising God in Hard Times 1) God Will Fight For You God will fight for you, when you place your full trust in him. WarungSaTeKaMu (Bahasa Indonesia) And, you know, we can quote lots of Scriptures, and we can talk about it, and we can find, in the Old and New Testament, lots of places where it tells us to trust. Illustration: Warren Wiersbe wrote a book, “Victorious Christian”, about Fanny Crosby. It's easy to tell somebody to trust, when they're the one that needs to do it. I was feeling a lot of emotions, and quite honestly, did not feel like worshipping through it. Put your hope in God, Worshipping can help us overcome the dark season we find ourselves in. Put the songs on repeat. God was behind the scenes working, and though it might take time, it will all have a purpose. We are also called to praise Him - no matter what the circumstances. Worshiping God is easy when life is going well. Praise is the will of God, and heaven overflows with it. Planning Worship in Difficult Times Worship services can help a congregation through a difficult time by reminding members of the major themes of Scripture and the promises God has made. My bones suffer mortal agony as my foes taunt me, saying to me all day long, ‘Where is your God?’” (Psalm 42:9-10). He is either the all-powerful, all-loving God His Word declares Him to be, or He is not. The psalmist here teaches us a beautiful truth: Remembering releases rejoicing. Can Loved Ones in Heaven Look Down on You? No matter how dark things seems right now, hold tight and know that God loves you deeply. The times we are living in are difficult. How long will you hide your face from me? Also, I’d love to check out the music you mentioned. Even when I feel it not. There are also still things I don’t understand, but I now have a different perspective on them. He can handle it. All rights reserved. Not even the Christian is immune to trials and tribulations.      and day after day have sorrow in my heart? Worshiping God in the Hard Times Unknown Binding – January 1, 2009 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 rating. Though it hurt at the time, the pain wouldn’t be for no reason at all. It seemed like it was never going to end. Christina Patterson. We are also called to praise Him – no matter what the circumstances. Combining amazing, true-life stories with solid scriptural truth, Kraeuter shows that it is indeed possible to worship … Instead of covering up how I feel, I am learning that sharing my true emotions brings me peace unlike anything else. Emmylou Harris Moved To Tears After Band Performs Tribute Song. Five urgent questions from a worshiper longing to be free of his suffering. How long will my enemy triumph over me? The Israelites were taught from birth about praising God during difficult times. What Are "Signs and Wonders" of the End Times? This gives us at least a vision of ourselves rejoicing in the future. Sometimes positive, upbeat music is the last thing we want to hear when we are wallowing in our troubles. There is actually no middle ground. It was during that time that I learned to worship God in spite of my circumstances. It’s painful when you want to run away and can’t. From the moment I left the conference to the months that followed, it seemed like anything and everything that could go wrong, did. I love to listen to this song in hard times, even though God hasn’t turned my situation yet. Keeping faith in God during hard times can be extremely difficult. The all-powerful and all-loving God, who is faithful in all He says and gracious in all He does. This is one reason some leave the faith. We are often trapped by our unbelief and fear, but God is preparing us for the end-time harvest. In trusting God during the hard times that means we must trust His sovereignty. Worship ushers us into God’s presence, where there is peace, assurance and calmness of heart. If we’re confused, we can talk to Him about it. Look for the truth the song proclaims, and repeat it to yourself until you believe it. A lot of things I had hoped for and prayed for have turned out differently, but they surpass what I originally had in mind. And on some occasions we see almost nothing at all—just the faintest outline hidden by a cloudy night sky. If we’re angry, we can tell Him. And that is what we especially need in those hard times. When we suffer, we can remember that He suffered, and His suffering gave us freedom! God might not be changing your circumstances how you would like Him to, but don’t lose hope. During the weeks my brother was in the hospital, my sister-in-law and I heard that song consistently playing on the radio. Since he is faithful to help, we can know that we will praise him again. Say that out loud. You can make the same choice today that, in every situation, you will still worship God. This article made me cry because it reminds me that He is faithful no matter what the circumstances!! 20 Bible Verses About Praising God in Hard Times When you need to find words of praise on those hard days when your heart is heavy and it’s a struggle to see the blessings, lean on words of praise from the Bible. In other words, in times when we can’t seem to perceive God amidst our pain, and the clouds of anxiety and fear close in on us, the way forward is to remind ourselves of what we know to be true and dependable—the unchanging grace of God. I went through a divorce last year and though it was unbelievably painful, I kept praising God throughout. While I wouldn’t choose to go through it all again, the experiences of the past year taught me the power and faithfulness of God in even the darkest of times. Use these timeless Bible verses about praising God in … For many of us, when hard times come our instant reaction is to ask God for the pain to cease, for the problem to go away and for His peace to reign. It might be just what we need to get through the day. 1 In the midst of a pandemic, people in your services are likely struggling with fear, anxiety, grief, and uncertainty. It’s worth turning them on anyway. If we can’t bring ourselves to trust that He is full of mercy, then perhaps, at least in part, we’re implying that He has a mean or uncaring streak. Article Images Copyright ©, 11 New Worship Songs to Bring You Closer to God, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. In so many of the psalms, the writer recalls the story of God’s faithfulness as a bridge toward worship and hope. https://ymi.today/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/3-Ways-to-Worship-God-During-Tough-Times.jpg, https://ymi.today/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/ymi-logo-black-3.png. He would certainly remain faithful in my life. Everything I heard and saw at the conference encouraged me, challenged me, and filled my heart with a deeper realization of God’s love for us. And then say it again. 5–6, 11. . The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.®. Not only did I encounter God’s Word in my daily quiet time, but it seemed like wherever I turned, the verse Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”, would somehow surface, whether it was in a conversation with someone, reading something random, or even purchasing a t-shirt for a fundraiser. I know now that the previous years I had spent studying prayer, being in intercessory groups, and having personal prayer times, prepared me to fight in prayer for my family during this very difficult time. It’s crazy to look back now at all that the ups and downs of last year, and it’s even crazier to say that I am thankful for it. God’s Faithfulness Is Not Limited to Good Times “The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear.” Psalm 118:6 NLT. The theme of the conference was “Stepping Season.” Little did I know, I was about to enter into my own stepping season that would test everything I learned that weekend. Required fields are marked *. Learn more at www.mattredman.com. If you feel God is calling you into a deeper prayer life with him, do not resist it. More often than not, you’ll find her with a cup of coffee in hand or exploring nature. Worship God by loving the people in Your life. One promise we can count on is that God will provide a way for us to experience salvation, which leads us to the second reason for why we can be thankful in difficult times. Note the heart posture of a Nazi concentration camp prisoner who once scribbled these lines onto the wall of his cell: I believe in the sun, Job had lost most of his worldly possessions yet he continued to trust God. We worship a triumphant Savior, a victorious King. To find strength and hope, he repeatedly speaks to his soul, reminding himself that there is One who can save him. It’s possible to talk your soul into a place of hope. While I wouldn’t choose to go through it all again, the experiences of the past year taught me the power and faithfulness of God in even the darkest of times. Several Psalms and many Proverbs divide all …      for I will yet praise him, For in His amazing grace, our heavenly Father finds delight even in the most broken and fragile of our offerings—in the same way that an earthly father will rejoice upon receiving a simple yet heartfelt piece of art from his young child. Some of the people went through some really rough stuff, sometimes for years. I was scared. For me, it’s still a daily process and something I have to choose day after day. Save. I believe in love, But difficulties can change that. But I’d learned to practice worshipping God no matter what the circumstances. that loves to write, create, and make the world a brighter place however she can. Plus discover how you can find joy in trials too with a free joy Bible study sample. In worship, congregations gather as God’s chosen people, recalling who they are by baptism and finding themselves again in the gospel narrative. A response to the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting. Yet this is only one side of the mystery, for our God is also the majestic and holy King—worthy to be trusted and believed in for the wonderful truths He says about himself. We needn’t be afraid or feel bad about telling God our emotions either. His plans are far greater than any we can imagine. Focus on who God is. See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions. The Israelites were taught from birth about praising God during difficult times. He wants to be there for us, and He wants to listen. I have come to know in an intimate beautiful way that the kingdom of God is in the depths of who I am and when life suddenly turns upside down, I find the deepest place of worship is in my tears. It started off great—I went to my first-ever Christian conference in February, and it was amazing. He desires and requires faith, trust, and obedience—He wants worshipers who stake their lives on the truths of His nature and attributes. How to Trust God During Difficult Times. But we have seen the form of the Lord many times before—in life and in Scripture—and know Him to be as good and as kind as He ever was. Beth is the author of Soul Sister and Beautiful. Crank it up. Worship is trusting God. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Though it hurt at the time, the pain wouldn’t be for no reason at all. ), is a platform for Christian young people all over the world to ask questions about life and discover their true purpose. In times of conflict and crisis we tend to focus on ourselves, but we need to remember our place in this world and God’s providential care of all things. But we don’t always witness it like this. And in your brokenness He stays as close and as involved as you want Him to be. I was reborn at 33, now I’m 50 and have a very small list of Christian music that really moves me. has been an uplifting realistic experience….reading this through. It was only months down the road that I realized how the song had helped me declare God’s goodness and faithfulness over my life in spite of what I was going through. Faced with challenging times, a wise worshiper looks over the form of the Lord—recalling the soul-refreshing wonders of His nature and attributes—and through this finds a way to the place of praise. I was mad. 雅米 (Traditional Chinese) But let’s do it anyway. Worship and grief don’t usually go hand-in-hand. Trusting God in difficult times. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:23) “ You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created .” (Revelation 4:11) At times, painful life circumstances seem to obstruct our view of Him and His goodness. We’ve all seen a full moon and therefore know something of its form. Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy? Biblical Commentary Children’s Sermons Hymn Lists. ... shelter Trusting God In Difficult Times Pouring Trusting Prayer, Described As Heart, ... that in the last days difficult times will come. (2) We can be thankful in difficult times because we have salvation (v.18) As much as we would like to … Used by permission of Biblica, Inc. ® All rights reserved worldwide. A pastor once said to praise God in your trials for what you believe He will do. The Best Way White Christians Can Respond to Racial Tensions, This site is a proud member of the Salem Web Network, a subsidiary of, Copyright © 2021, Crosswalk.com. Yet he ends his song with the choice to believe and trust in the powerful and merciful nature of his God: But I trust in your unfailing love; The Lord’s prayer begins in an attitude of worship and praise, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. God is shaping you and molding you into the person He created you to be, and it’s going to be beautiful. Some nights we see a half moon, at other times just a small sliver of moon. Strength Overcoming Hard Times Love And Strength problems shelter Having A Good Day Praise And Worship A New Day Getting Through Hard Times I Will Sing Praises. David was discouraged and sad, and He wasn’t afraid to show it. The God of unbroken promises. 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